Singer said she was assaulted and her home broken into after moving to New York City in the 1970s
Chart singer Madonna revealed that she was held at a knife and raped after her move to New York City.
In a personal article she wrote for Harper’s Bazaar, the pop star spoke about her agonizing ordeal when she moved to New York from Michigan, at the age of 20.
“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. She didn’t welcome me with open arms.”
For the first year, I was held at gunpoint. I was raped on the roof of a building, dragged into him with a knife in the back, and my apartment was raped three times. I don’t know why I had no value after they took my radio set the first time. “
In the Bold magazine issue, the 55-year-old described struggling to make friends as a teenager because others found her non-conforming attitude “strange”. She did “the opposite of what all other girls used to do,” which she said turned into a “pesticide.”
In order to pursue a career as a professional dancer, she paid her rent by pretending to be nude in the arts classes, finding herself “staring at the people staring at me naked. They dare to think of me as anything but the model they were trying to pick up their pencils and charcoal.”
Although she was “very scared” by some parts of the city, she remained “defiant” and “determined to survive.”
Madonna also spoke about her relationship with British director Guy Ritchie, with whom she broke up in 2008. She said moving to England to live with Richie made her feel alienated again. “It wasn’t easy for me. Just because we speak the same language does not mean that we speak the same language.”
“I didn’t understand there was still a separation system. I didn’t understand the pub culture. I didn’t understand that being overtly ambitious was frowned upon.”
However, Madonna said she “held on” and eventually fell in love with different sides of England.
The singer signed her article to this day. She writes, “Ten years later, I am divorced and living in New York. I have been blessed with four wonderful children.