Sick trolls have attacked Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy after she bravely revealed online how she was ‘raped and held captive’.
Duffy, 35, whose full name is Aimee Ann Duffy, released an emotional Instagram post yesterday to tell her fans why she stepped back from making music as she asked for support from fans.
Nearly all Instagram users reacted kindly to the star, but some trolls on Twitter cruelly asked why she had not reported the incident to police sooner and made twisted jokes about whether she had an album to promote.
Duffy is pictured above performing in August 2008. The singer yesterday bravely revealed she had been raped
One shocking post read: ‘So why not come forward sooner? Rape is wrong but don’t spout bull about how she’s been brave after however long it’s taken.
‘Been [sic] brave would be coming forward as soon as it happened. It’s not like she’s a child. She’s a grown woman. Should have gone to police immediately.’
Another account, ‘Colin n Lisa’ wrote: ‘Call us a little cynical, but is there an album to promote?’
Posting on her Instagram, Duffy wrote: ‘You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter.’ She added: ‘Well, not entirely sure why now is the right time… I cannot explain it.’
The singer, who is best-known for her 2008 hit Mercy, continued: ‘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 triple Brit Award winner added: ‘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.’
She told how the attack was behind her disappearance from the public eye. The singer, from Bangor, announced in February 2011 that she was taking a long break from music.
Nearly all Instagram users reacted kindly to the star, but some trolls waded in on Twitter
Explaining the long hiatus, she wrote: ‘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.’
Her last album, Endlessly, was released in 2010.
Duffy said she will next release an interview in the coming weeks, in which she will open up about the sexual assault she suffered and said she would like to answer some questions, ‘if I can’.
Thanking her fans for their support, she wrote: ‘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.’
The singer ended her post by asking for support as she steps back into public life, adding: ‘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.’
Despite some negative comments, the vast majority of social media users praised the singer for sharing her trauma with the world.
Some said they had ‘wondered for years’ as to where she had gone and commented that they were ‘shocked’ to read the reasons why.
The singer has previously performed at an array of shows and festivals across the world.
Duffy posted this black and white photo of herself alongside the emotional post last night
Duffy’s full post is seen above, she asked for her fans to respect that it was a ‘gentle move’ for her to make
She went to University in Chester where she was advised by a lecturer to become a singer. In August 2004 she was introduced to Rough Trade records.
It wasn’t long after this that she moved to London and in 2007 she got her big break.
Her breakthrough came in 2007 when she released the single Rockferry and she was contracted to A&M Records.
Duffy’s Instagram statement in full
You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter.