Singer Duffy 'drugged, raped and held captive'

Singer Duffy reveals she was 'drugged, raped and held captive'

26.2.2020

Singer Duffy reveals she was 'drugged, raped and held captive'

The Grammy and Brit award-winning singer has written on Instagram that her 'recovery took time'.

Image caption Duffy's debut album Rockferry went seven times platinum Grammy award-winning singer Duffy has revealed she was drugged and raped after being held captive by an attacker. The 35-year-old Welsh star posted on her verified Instagram account that her"recovery took time". The performer, who had a UK number one single Mercy in 2008, wrote to her 33,000 followers:"The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now." "I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days," she wrote. Duffy, whose debut album Rockferry went seven times platinum as it went to number one in six countries, won three Brit Awards and a Grammy following her breakthrough. "You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this," she wrote on Instagram. Listen to Duffy on the BBC "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." Content is not available Duffy - whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy - went to number one in 12 countries with Mercy, which was the UK's third-best-selling single of 2008 with sales of more than 500,000 copies. The singer, from Nefyn in Gwynedd, then enjoyed success with her first album Rockferry as it became the UK's biggest selling album of 2008. "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," she added. "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." The BBC attempted to contact Duffy to verify her account. Related Topics Read more: BBC News (UK)

Film ... book ... album She was begging for mercy Poor thing I wish you well Horrific news! Hope your ok Duffy. And to all of the sick bastards making comments on here, do us all a favour and drop dead!!! This is brave !. bless her 💞💞 Poor love ❤️ strange... nanaziegler Moe-Slims This news is heartbreaking. I don’t know what to say except you are in my prayers. I pray for your peace and that you are able to recover from such a horrible crime. I wish I could give you a hug. I have loved your music and absolutely love love your voice.

What on Earth is wrong with the men posting on this thread? Ashamed to be one right now. If you can’t feel empathy or If you have nothing kind to say just don’t say anything.

Pop star Duffy says she was raped, drugged and held captiveWelsh singer made statement on Instagram saying she was held captive for several days ajlc1985 tut tut tut dannyoreilly84 Sounds like absolute bollocks so obviously the Guardian will believe every word without question. Holy Shit!

Absolutely tragic and horrific. But surely if she’s going to plaster it all over social media, she reported it to the police too? Stay strong. BBCWorld So time, place, those responsible, why was it not reported, is she going to the Police now? BBCWorld Who in the entertainment industry doesn’t have a story of how hard their lives have been? Guess it is required to be in the lowlife industry

Desperate BBCWorld My heart is with her. May she be shown nothing but compassion, love, and understanding. Never heard of her till now and have no idea who she is and what she has done. Sorry for anybody who has been drugged, raped and held captive, holy moly that is back luck. So Sad! Time is a great healer. Time to rise from the ashes Duffy your fans are all here to support you xx

She was begging him for mercy We won’t he release her Sorrow got her on her knees I beg you please BBCWorld Jesus H. Some neanderthal comments on here. You'd think some ppl have no mothers, sisters, daughters, wives girlfriends. It's also unconscionable to point out because she's white, etc. Christ on a bloody bike.

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bbc trying to verify account. No one would make this up FFS! Lots of people are victims of rape every day. We don't hear individual stories from years ago because it's not news. What's special about her? What makes her story more newsworthy? Because she had a number 1 song? This is so awful. I often wondered what happened to Duffy, I really loved her album Rockferry.

It was not me This is so sad but very brave of her to speak out ❤️ BBCWorld God bless her what a horrific ordeal and how brave to rise up and speak out. Hope that the recovery continues. X New Album? BBCWorld Has she got another single coming out, then BBCWorld When did this happened? She never gave a date/time it occurred to her...and she ought to, so that the police can look into it and press charges down the line.

Singer Grimes says she won't gender her childShe also said that everybody hates her chosen baby name

Love this woman. Great singer. Can't wait to hear more of her. Good luck. Looks to me everybody was raped in the UK, there's no education... Poor girl. Thankfully cannot read some of the horrible comments. Dont get me wrong I'm no snowflake but reading the article cannot fathom how anyone can say horrible stuff about this.

Was she begging them for Mercy ? It just breaks the heart to know that such evil intent is out there. It's so infuriating that people feel the right to be able to violate someone like that. It's just so beyond unacceptable. I'm glad she is recovering. She's been robbed of so much. I hope he's in jail. ZeroToleranceForRape

Continued strength, support and courage to her. 🙏 Sorry for your pain, glad your still here. 💕🙏🏽🙏🏽 '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 BBC attempted to contact Duffy to verify her account. Respecting her wishes then BBC?

Leave her alone. If she wants to talk to you, she will

Singer Grimes says she won't gender her childShe also said that everybody hates the name she's chosen for her baby

Now!!!! Come on Twitter take some ownership and start removing some of these vile, abusive, hurtful and totally unnecessary comments from some ppl on this thread. In light of recent events, we all need to take ownership including the actual ppl running these social media platforms. bet she wished she spoken up sooner then

Shocking comments and shame on BBC for trying to contact her Oh my god. This poor girl. Some of the comments on here are disgraceful. As much as the old me would've said something sarcastic (Not filthy like some of the comments) in the light of Caroline Flack's suicide I'm going to be kind and maybe some of you twazzocks should think before you type!!! Keyboard warriors 😡

A bit like all the Rotherham young girls, but let’s not talk about that. It takes a huge amount of courage to publicly talk about this kind of thing considering the emotional turmoil it will have caused. And yet there are people who lack basic compassion and human decency and kindness who think it’s ok to troll the story. Share love not hate!

Shocking

Singer Grimes says she won't gender her childShe also said that everybody hates the name she's chosen for her baby

😢 FFS. Another victim. New Album? ♓☺️ 💔 She's not the only one Poor woman And she enjoyed it

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