‘Mercy’ hitmaker Duffy breaks silence to explain long absence from music

Duffy posted an emotive Instagram post this evening

Musician Duffy has shared an emotive post this evening detailing how she was attacked and kidnapped in an ordeal that lasted “some days.”

In response to fans wondering about her continued absence from recording and touring, Duffy said she was prompted to share details about her ordeal after opening up about her experiences to a journalist last summer.

In the post, Duffy said she had been “raped and drugged and held captive over some days” and that her subsequent recovery “took time.”

“Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why,” Duffy wrote. “A journalist contacted me, he found a way to reach me and I told him everything this past summer. He was kind and it felt so amazing to finally speak.

“The truth is, and please trust me I am ok and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days. Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it.”

You can read the post in full below.

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You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. Well, not entirely sure why now is the right time, and what it is that feels exciting and liberating for me to talk. I cannot explain it. Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why. A journalist contacted me, he found a way to reach me and I told him everything this past summer. He was kind and it felt so amazing to finally speak. The truth is, and please trust me I am ok and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days. Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it. But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine. You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain? I did not want to show the world the sadness in my eyes. I asked myself, how can I sing from the heart if it is broken? And slowly it unbroke. In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview. If you have any questions I would like to answer them, in the spoken interview, if I can. I have a sacred love and sincere appreciation for your kindness over the years. You have been friends. I want to thank you for that x Duffy Please respect this is a gentle move for me to make, for myself, and I do not want any intrusion to my family. Please support me to make this a positive experience.

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Duffy went on to say she will be sharing a “spoken interview” within the next few weeks, and told her fans: “If you have any questions I would like to answer them, in the spoken interview, if I can. I have a sacred love and sincere appreciation for your kindness over the years.”

Describing her decision not to share the information previously, Duffy added: “…In the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine.

“You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain? I did not want to show the world the sadness in my eyes. I asked myself, how can I sing from the heart if it is broken? And slowly it unbroke.”

Duffy added: “Please respect this is a gentle move for me to make, for myself, and I do not want any intrusion to my family. Please support me to make this a positive experience.”

The Welsh singer signed a record deal in 2007: her album ‘Rockferry’ became the best-selling record of 2008 in the UK.

For help and advice with sexual assault you can contact:
Rape Crisis – Helpline: 0808 802 9999
Victim Support – Helpline: 0333 300 6389
The Survivors Trust – Helpline: 0808 801 0818
Women Against Rape

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