Singer Duffy revealed in a poignant Instagram post the reason for her singing hiatus: She was “rapped, drugged and held captive.”
In the post, Duffy said she revealed her story to a journalist over the summer and plans to speak more candidly about her experience in a spoken interview set to be released soon.
“The recovery took time,” Duffy said in the post. “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.”
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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.
BuzzFeed News reports the singer took a hiatus in 2011 after the release of her second studio album, Endlessly. Since then, the singer has kept a low key presence, prompting some to ask, “Whatever happened to Duffy?”
Speculation occurred online for years as to why the singer stopped performing, with some guessing her disappearance from music was due to “plain old overexposure.”
Fans responded online in shock to Duffy’s Instagram revelation.
My goodness. I too always wondered where Duffy went. This is so sad. But I am glad she is doing well! https://t.co/DljH98c1jf— roxane gay (@rgay) February 25, 2020
I’ve always wondered why Duffy disappeared but to hear that this was caused the silence? heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/AqhFBZ86gX— vaun (@_Vaun) February 25, 2020
Duffy doesn’t owe us anything, but I’m glad that she survived and healed to the point that she’s able to even say this. This is SO sad, man... https://t.co/ramfCGyZLA— Love Yo Self ✨ (@MichellCClark) February 25, 2020
Duffy called on her followers to respect her family’s privacy at this time and requested them to make telling her story “a positive experience.”