Why Duffy disappeared for ten years: her shocking revelation
"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." These are the words of British singer Duffy in her latest Instagram post. Having been under the radar for a long time, she broke the silence and made this dreadful announcement.
Duffy, singer of one of the 2000s' biggest hits, 'Mercy', disappeared shortly after the release of her second album, 'Endlessly' (2010). Now, through social networks, she tells the reason for her departure and the suffering she has experienced for all these years.
"You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter," the singer told her followers on Instagram.
"Well, [I'm not] not entirely sure why now is the right time, and what it is that feels exciting and liberating for me to talk," Duffy said. "I cannot explain it."
With a completely bewildering post, Duffy opens her heart. "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."
The journalist "was kind and it felt so amazing to finally speak," Duffy says. "The truth is, and please trust me I am ok and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days."
"I survived," she continues, but "the recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it. 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."
Duffy explains why she was silent for so long. "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."
Having lived a traumatic experience, Duffy asked herself: "How can I sing from the heart if it is broken?" Over time, however, "slowly it unbroke."
Now, Duffy has found the strength to tell the world what happened to her. "In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview, she says. "I have a sacred love and sincere appreciation for your kindness over the years."
Winner of a Grammy in 2009 and various Brit awards, Duffy had a mass of fans and followers at the time of her disappearance. She says that they "have been friends," and she adds: "I want to thank you for that."
Duffy also uses the post to ask that people respect her and her family's privacy. "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."
Born in Wales in 1984, Duffy became one of the most promising artists of the early 2000s. After her participation in the Welsh talent show 'Wawffactor,' the singer launched her first album 'Rockeferry' in 2007.
Rapidly, Duffy became a real sensation on an international level. Her song 'Mercy' reached the number 1 position in download and sales lists of various countries. To give you an idea, within the first five weeks after its release, the album sold more than a million copies in Europe.
However, after her second album 'Endlessly' in 2010, the singer disappeared from the public view. It was not until 2020 that she came back to the spotlights and recounted the horrible cause of her long absence.