In a fiery refrain, she repeats: “Why oh why do we cry, we cry / Just like a river in the sky. It follows the release of Something Beautiful, which Duffy shared on Jo Whiley’s radio show in March.
In February, Duffy posted a message on Instagram – since deleted – in which she said, “I was raped and drugged and held captive for a few days. Of course, I survived. The recovery has taken time. There is no light way to say it. But over the past decade, thousands and thousands of days when I committed to wanting to feel the sun again in my heart, the sun is shining now. ”
In April, she posted an essay on her website detailing the ordeal. She said that she was drugged in a restaurant on her birthday before being held captive at home and taken to a foreign country.
She wrote that she did not remember flying and got into the back of a moving vehicle. She said the assailant put her in a hotel room and raped her. She said she did not know how she “had the strength to bear these days” and said that the assailant made “veiled confessions of wanting to kill me”.
Duffy said that she shared her experiences because “we live in a troubled world”.
Rape Crisis congratulated Duffy for sharing the statement. “Rape is still a much under-discussed, misunderstood and under-reported crime, so when someone like Duffy speaks so powerfully, other survivors may feel a little less lonely and ashamed – which is a very common emotion, now regardless of the foundation, “said Katie Russell of the organization.
Duffy has been largely out of sight since the release of her second album, Endlessly, in 2010. She rose to fame in 2008 with her debut album, Rockferry, which was the UK’s best-selling album this year- there and also a hit in the United States.