Madonna revealed that she was raped with a knife early in her career.
The pop legend broke open about her agonizing ordeal for the first time in nearly two decades, revealing that she was sexually assaulted by a stranger on a knife shortly after arriving in New York City from Rochester, Michigan, to pursue her dreams of stardom.
The 55-year-old recalls in the issue of Harper’s Bazaar: “ New York wasn’t everything I thought it was going to be. She didn’t welcome me with open arms. For the first year, I was arrested at gunpoint. He raped me on the roof of a building, and dragged him with a knife in the back.
Brave music icon graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue, opening its doors on 30 years of ruling pop in a personal essay chronicling her childhood, moving to New York and rising to fame.
I was challenging. Hell is determined to survive. On making it. But it was tough and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to go, ” the Rochester, Michigan-born singer wrote about her early years in Manhattan.
In Terry Richardson’s lavish, slavery-inspired fashion photo shoot, the daring Madonna makes a statement with her signature bold style: well-fitting dresses, thigh-high leather shoes, heavy metals and lots of gold.
The singer, who hinted that she might release a new album, explains: “If I can’t dare in my work or the way I live my life, I really don’t see the point of being on this planet.” In 2014.
But Queen of Pop says it wasn’t always that easy. In her teenage years, she admitted that most people thought she was “strange”.
I didn’t have many friends. I might not have had any friends. But everything turns out to be good in the end, because when you are not famous and you do not have a social life, it gives you more time to focus on your future.
For me, that was going to New York to be a true artist. To be able to express myself in a non-conforming city. To be entertained, vibrant and vibrant in a world surrounded by bold people.
Known at the time as Madonna Louise Ciccone, she was only 19 years old when she moved to New York City in 1977 with $ 35 in her pocket.
“I was less afraid,” she recalls, “scared of the smell of urination and vomiting everywhere, especially at the entrance to the walking room on the third floor.”
In her attempt to be a professional dancer at the time, she paid her rent “by posing naked at art classes”.
“When you are 25, it’s a little easier to be bold, especially if you’re a pop star, because eccentric behavior is expected of you,” she says.
After ten years in the spotlight, she says she has “begun to search for meaning and a true sense of purpose in life”. She soon discovered Kabbalah in her search for a more spiritual life.
At 35 years old, I was divorced and looking for love in all the wrong places. I decided I needed to be more than just a girl with golden teeth and gang friends. . . I wanted to be a mother, but I realized that just because I am a freedom fighter does not mean that I am qualified to raise a child.
Then Madonna found herself married at the age of forty-five, with two children, and living in England. She explains how moving to a foreign country “wasn’t easy”.
Just because we speak the same language does not mean that we speak the same language. I didn’t understand there was still a splitting system. I didn’t understand the pub culture. I didn’t understand that being overtly ambitious was frowned upon.
I felt alone again. But I stuck with it and found my way, and I grew to love English wit, Georgian architecture, sticky toffee pudding and English countryside. There is nothing more beautiful than the English countryside.
As the world enters the horizons, Madonna said she has decided that she has a “wealth embarrassment,” and realizes that “there are many children in the world without parents or families who love them.”
After applying to the International Adoption Agency, and faced with “the bureaucracy, testing, and waiting for everyone to pass upon adoption,” she said that a woman from Malawi called her and told her about the millions of children orphaned due to AIDS.
Before you said “Zycomo Coimbere”, you were at the airport in Lilongwe and heading to an orphanage in Michinje, where I met my son David.
But despite her jubilation and happiness, she admits that she had no idea that adopting a child would lead her into “yet another terrifying storm”.
I’ve been accused of kidnapping, child trafficking, using my famous muscle to jump forward, bribing government officials, witchcraft, you name it. You definitely did something illegal!
She describes this period of her life as an “eye opening” experience.
I can get my head around people who give me a hard time simulating masturbation on stage or publishing my own sex book, and even kissing Britney Spears at an awards ceremony, but trying to save a child’s life wasn’t something I thought I would be punished for.
“One of the many things I’ve learned from all of this: If you’re not ready to fight for what you believe in, don’t even get in the ring.”