Duffy felt 'liberated' by sharing rape ordeal as she urges fans to speak out

Duffy has invited fans to talk with her about their lives and experiences, saying she was ‘liberated’ when she opened up about her own harrowing experience of rape.

The Mercy singer bravely revealed in February that the reason she disappeared from the spotlight was that she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

And after detailing the devastating ordeal on her website, the 35-year-old has turned her attention to her fans and followers during the pandemic, to ask how they are doing.

The star, full name Aimee Anne Duffy, posted an image reading ‘Talk’ to Instagram, and wrote in the caption: ‘This evening, I can’t sleep … I have the comfort of my bed and the health of all my family, to take shelter in, but many do not.

‘Health workers face fatigue, with such uncertainty ahead, people are queuing at empty food banks and the landscape is changing.

‘You may or may not have read my words, recently. I found them to be liberating. And so I would sincerely like to know, how are you?’

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This evening, I can’t sleep … I have the comfort of my bed and the health of all my family, to take shelter in, but many do not. Health workers face fatigue, with such uncertainty ahead, people are queuing at empty food banks and the landscape is changing. You may or may not have read my words, recently. I found them to be liberating. And so I would sincerely like to know, how are you? Tonight, some of us grieve the easing of enforced lockdown – and some of us appreciate it. The sense of security found in a common goal, a shared goal, is changing and could now stand to divide, which it must not, above all, in adapting to a new uncertainty. And so, I want to create a post where you can talk openly about how you are doing. I invite you to write here, if you would like that. I look forward to reading how you are, about your life, and current experiences. For you to share your stories visibly with others too, here. All my love, and thoughts Duffy

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Duffy continued: ‘Tonight, some of us grieve the easing of enforced lockdown – and some of us appreciate it. The sense of security found in a common goal, a shared goal, is changing and could now stand to divide, which it must not, above all, in adapting to a new uncertainty.

‘And so, I want to create a post where you can talk openly about how you are doing. I invite you to write here, if you would like that.

‘I look forward to reading how you are, about your life, and current experiences. For you to share your stories visibly with others too, here. All my love, and thoughts, Duffy.’

Comments underneath the post shared hearts and thanks to Duffy, while others posted about how they were feeling in lockdown and wrote about their personal struggles.

The Welsh songstress hit the big time in 2008 when her song Mercy became a worldwide smash and her album Rockferry became the best-selling album in the UK that year.

However, after 2011, Duffy took a break from recording and touring, and only made a number of performances and low-key releases since then. 

In February, she shared on Instagram: ‘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.’ 

She revealed it was difficult, but she had spent her time away from fame on healing from the horrific incident, adding: ‘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 April, Duffy posted a longer detailed statement about her ordeal, saying she had been drugged in a restaurant in a foreign country.

She wrote: ‘The perpetrator drugged me in my own home in the four weeks, I do not know if he raped me there during that time, I only remember coming round in the car in the foreign country and the escape that would happen by me fleeing in the days following that. I do not know why I was not drugged overseas; it leads me to think I was given a class A drug and he could not travel with it. 

‘I am sharing this because we are living in a hurting world and I am no longer ashamed that something deeply hurt me, anymore. I believe that if you speak from the heart within you, the heart within others will answer. 

‘As dark as my story is, I do speak from my heart, for my life, and for the life of others, whom have suffered the same.’

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