In February, Duffy took to social media to disclose that she recused herself from her profession and the limelight as the results of trauma from being kidnapped and raped. The U.Ok. singer had been inactive for the higher a part of a decade — within the late 2000s, she appeared poised for the sort of huge neo-soul profession that Adele has loved in her wake.
Now the singer reveals in a 3,600-word post on her website the horrific particulars of the assault and of the lengthy street to restoration from the trauma. She additionally explains her absence from music and estrangement from associates and household which brought on her to isolate out of worry and psychological torment.
“It was my birthday, I used to be drugged at a restaurant, I used to be drugged then for 4 weeks and travelled to a international nation,” writes Duffy. The perpetrator, whose identify she doesn’t reveal, says Duffy, “made veiled confessions of eager to kill me.”
Duffy continues: “It didn’t really feel protected to go to the police. I felt if something went unsuitable, I might be useless, and he would have killed me. I couldn’t danger being mishandled or it being all around the information throughout my hazard. I actually needed to comply with what instincts I had.”
She managed to flee however lived petrified for years, though she did go to the police ultimately. “I’ve informed two feminine law enforcement officials, throughout completely different threatening incidents prior to now decade, it’s on file,” states Duffy. “The id of the rapist must be solely dealt with by the police, and that’s between me and them.”
Duffy says she had at one level thought of altering her identify to “disappear to a different nation and perhaps turn out to be a florist or one thing, in order that I may put the previous behind with a brand new life and never hassle anybody else with it, to hold it alone.”
The trauma of her expertise seeped into her romantic relationships, Duffy goes on to clarify: “Every one would ‘love bomb’ me and wish the individual on the album cowl, whereas I used to be only a individual harm. It was futile.”
The isolation of the present coronavirus pandemic served as a catalyst for getting her story out. As did vital remedy permitting her to go public. “I mourned wishing I had been dealt one other hand, but it surely occurred, and I’ve come to phrases with it,” Duffy writes.
As for a potential return to music, Duffy presents optimism however not a lot else in the best way of agency plans. Says the singer: “I’m doing this to be freed, for all of me to be freed. What follows stays to be seen.”
In 2008, Duffy’s single “Mercy” spent 5 weeks on the high of the British charts and have become the third largest promoting monitor of the 12 months, remaining on the chart for greater than a 12 months. Her debut album, “Rockferry,” was additionally a large hit in Europe and gained her essential acclaim within the U.S. as properly. It gained her a Grammy for greatest pop vocal album, and dominated the Brit Awards, the place she gained greatest British album, greatest feminine solo and British breakthrough. The album was mentioned to have in the end offered 9 million copies globally.
A follow-up album, “Endlessly,” launched in 2010, represented a stylistic break towards extra trendy manufacturing and was not almost as properly obtained, peaking at No. 9 within the UK.
As years glided by with no indicators of Duffy in public, journalists started to take a position why she was MIA, seizing on statements she had made on the top of her reputation about how tough newfound fame was to deal with. After her second album was launched, she was quoted as telling a newspaper in her native Wales that “I considered strolling away, I actually did,” she mentioned. “Not as a result of I assumed I’d performed it. It’s simply that I missed the easy issues in life. Life had bought so difficult.”
Duffy did some movie work, showing within the 2010 film “Patagonia” and once more taking to the display in a task within the 2015 movie “Legend,” which starred Tom Hardy in twin roles because the gangster Kray brothers. In 2013, she appeared at New York’s Beacon Theater as a part of a tribute to Edith Piaf. Apart from that, she went off the radar, aside from a 2017 social media put up wherein she vowed “to see you, with one thing new, sooner or later.” In 2018, an try to trace her down by a Welsh newspaper resulted solely in phrase being handed alongside by mutual acquaintances that “if Duffy doesn’t wish to be discovered, she gained’t be discovered.”
At present, she writes: “I can now go away this decade behind. The place the previous belongs. Hopefully no extra ‘what occurred to Duffy questions,’ now … and I’m free.”
Learn the total put up on Duffy’s official site.