Singer Duffy tells fans she was raped, drugged and held captive

Singer-songwriter Duffy tonight told how she was held captive and raped, as she opened up to her fans in an emotional social media post.

The 35-year-old said she had wanted to share her experience with fans ‘so many times’. 

The pop star, who hails from Nefyn in Gwynedd, Wales, said she hadn’t wanted to show the world the ‘sadness in her eyes’.

Posting on Instagram she said: ‘You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. 

Duffy posted this black and white photo of herself alongside the emotional post last night

Duffy posted this black and white photo of herself alongside the emotional post last night

Duffy posted this black and white photo of herself alongside the emotional post last night

Duffy's full post is seen above, she asked for her fans to respect that it was a 'gentle move' for her to make

Duffy's full post is seen above, she asked for her fans to respect that it was a 'gentle move' for her to make

Duffy’s full post is seen above, she asked for her fans to respect that it was a ‘gentle move’ for her to make 

‘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’. 

She said she had confided in a journalist over the summer and that it had ‘felt amazing to finally speak’ about her experience. 

‘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. 

Welsh singer Duffy performs at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Mote Park on May 10, 2008 in Maidstone

Welsh singer Duffy performs at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Mote Park on May 10, 2008 in Maidstone

Welsh singer Duffy performs at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Mote Park on May 10, 2008 in Maidstone

Duffy’s Instagram statement in full

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.

‘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?’

She went on to say that her heart ‘slowly unbroke’ and said that she would be soon posting a spoken interview and that all questions would be answered.

‘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.’

Many social media users praised the singer for sharing her trauma with the world.

Some users said they had ‘wondered for years’ as to where she had gone and commented that they were ‘shocked’ to read the reasons why. 

The singer has previously performed an array of shows and festivals across the world. 

She went to University in Chester where she was advised by a lecturer to become a singer. 

In August 2004 she was introduced to Rough Trade records.

It wasn’t long after this that she moved to London and in 2007 she got her big break. 

Her breakthrough came in 2007 when she released the single Rockferry.  

She was contracted to A&M Records.

A year later she released the single Mercy, which catapulted her fame and career, her album Rockferry was also released that year – selling over 1.6 million copies. 

Duffy is pictured above at the 2009 Brit Awards. She won three awards that night including Best Album for Rockferry

Duffy is pictured above at the 2009 Brit Awards. She won three awards that night including Best Album for Rockferry

Duffy is pictured above at the 2009 Brit Awards. She won three awards that night including Best Album for Rockferry

Duffy also performed in 2008 at the Glastonbury Festival (pictured above) she hit the stage on June 28

Duffy also performed in 2008 at the Glastonbury Festival (pictured above) she hit the stage on June 28

Duffy also performed in 2008 at the Glastonbury Festival (pictured above) she hit the stage on June 28

Who is Duffy and how did she become famous?

Duffy, whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy, was born in 1984 and was raised in Nefyn.

When she was 10-years-old her parents divorced and she moved to Pembrokeshire with her siblings.

She has suffered serious hardship in her life and at the age of 14 she was placed in a safe house after her stepfather’s ex-wife paid an assassin to kill him. 

At 15 she ran away back to her father’s house in Nefyn.

It was at the age of 15 that she started to sing in local bands.

She went to University in Chester where she was advised by a lecturer to become a singer.

In August 2004 she was introduced to Rough Trade records.

It wasn’t long after this that she moved to London and in 2007 she got her big break. 

She was contracted to A&M Records and from there she released her debut album.

From there she went on to perform at various festivals and also appeared on the Jools Holland show.

In 2009 she won a Grammy Award, then from 2011 onward she took a break from music and took on various acting roles.

In 2019 she teased new music. 

From there she went on to perform at various festivals and also appeared on the Jools Holland show. 

One show had been supported Coldplay in Ohio in 2008.

At the time Duffy said her life had ‘flashed before her eyes’ after she set fire to her own hair.

The incident happened when she bent down to blow out a candle on a birthday cake and released it had caught onto her hair. 

In 2011 it was confirmed that Duffy would be taking a break from her music career.

At the time it was believed that the break from music had been down to the sales of her second album ‘Endlessly’, which had under-performed her debut album.

Speaking in 2011, a source told the Daily Mirror: ‘She wants to have a quiet life and start over. She made a truckload of cash with the first album and through her endorsements with Diet Coke, so she’s comfortable and able to enjoy some downtime. 

‘She’s not got management right now and has met a few people about taking over. But she’s just not interested.’

Since then she had taken various acting roles and had done a handful of live performances.

In 2012 it was reported that she had to flee a fire in her Kensington home. On October 3 2012 she rescued her two cats and dogs, leaving all of her other personal belongings behind. 

It is not known whether or not her Grammy Award and her Brits were stored in the property and it was reported at the time that over 60 firefighters attended the blaze. 

She hinted in 2019 that she would be returning to music. She posted a picture of herself to her Facebook page with the caption ‘#2020’.

Prior to this she hadn’t posted anything on her Facebook page since 2017. 

Aside from her musical career, Duffy also worked with various companies such as Nivea.

She also appeared in various eastern European commercials advertising Diet Coke. 

One advert the singer starred in had previously received complaints as it showed her riding a bike without a helmet. 

22 people contacted the Advertising Standards Authority in 2009.

Coca Cola chiefs insisted she had been wearing reflective gear and it was later given the all clear by the Advertising Standards Authority. 

Duffy is pictured above performing in August 2008. The singer today revealed she had been raped

Duffy is pictured above performing in August 2008. The singer today revealed she had been raped

Duffy is pictured above performing in August 2008. The singer today revealed she had been raped 

 

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