Duffy is returning to the spotlight with a shocking explanation for her absence.
Tuesday on Instagram, the Welsh singer — known for her 2008 song “Mercy” — wrote a candid post about her extended hiatus.
The 35-year-old — whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy — has not released a studio album since 2010’s “Endlessly,” and last appeared in the 2015 film “Legend” with Tom Hardy and Emily Browning.
“You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. Well, not entirely sure why now is the right time, and what it is that feels exciting and liberating for me to talk. I cannot explain it,” the “Rockferry” musician wrote.
“Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why," she 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 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.”
Though she struggled with recovery, Duffy said she is now at much better place in her life.
“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 divulged.
Despite her healing, Duffy made the conscious decision not to detail her sorrow through song.
“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,” she said.
In the upcoming weeks, Duffy plans to post an interview in which she will answer questions from fans, who she refers to as her “friends.”
“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,” she concluded.