Singer Duffy has opened up about a four-week ordeal during which she says she was drugged in her own home, raped and taken to a foreign country.
It’s the first time she’s given details of the terrifying experience, which led to her retreating from the spotlight.
“Rape is like living murder, you are alive, but dead,” she wrote.
“All I can say is it took an extremely long time, sometimes feeling never ending, to reclaim the shattered pieces of me.”
She says she didn’t go to the police because it “didn’t feel safe”.
Duffy had the UK’s best-selling album of 2008 and won three Brit Awards and a Grammy, but she virtually vanished after releasing her second album in 2010.
Her lengthy written account, in which she does not name her attacker, comes a month after she posted the first details on Instagram.
She wrote on her website: “It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country.
“I can’t remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling vehicle. I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me.”
The star said she then “could have been disposed of by him”. She contemplated running away but was afraid he would call the police.
“I do not know how I had the strength to endure those days, I did feel the presence of something that helped me stay alive.”