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Singer Duffy Explains Why She Retreated From The Public Eye

Grammy-award winner Duffy explains why she retreated from the public eye: "I was raped, drugged and held captive"
February 26, 2020 - 19:28 / Laura Pérez

Welsh singer Duffy won a Grammy award and released her big hit "Mercy" in the late 2000's but disappeared from the public eye after that. Now she has revealed why she did it. Get all the details here... 

Welsh singer and Grammy-award-winner Duffy retreated from the public eye a decade ago. Now the "Mercy" singer has opened up about why she did it. Duffy took to Instagram to explain her fans what happened and admitted she was not sure about this being the right time to share her story. 

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"Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why. The truth is, and please trust me I am ok and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days," is what the 35-year-old singer wrote in her heartfelt Instagram post.

Read Duffy's statement here:

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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 says she did not want to show fans her sadness

Duffy revealed she survived thousands of days wishing to see and feel the sunshine in her heart again. "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 added.

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Duffy, who now has more than 140,000 followers on Instagram, has received support from her fans, one of them, for instance, commented: "Missed you girl!! I'm so proud of your bravery. Take all the time in the world to heal yourself and your soul."

Duffy poses back stage during the third night of a series of concerts and events in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, London, 2008

Duffy rose to fame in 2008 for her single "Mercy"

Duffy came to prominence more than 10 years ago after releasing her single "Mercy." She took home the Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal in 2009 for her breakthrough album Rockferry.

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Originally from Wales, Duffy released her second album Endlessly in 2010. Then she retreated from the music scene. No details about the identity of her attacker(s) and/or where the attack took place were revealed.