Duffy: Celebrities and fans express support after singer says she was ‘drugged, raped and held captive’

Danielle Zoellner
The singer Duffy at Downing Street for a meeting hosted by the Save the Children charity: Getty

Fellow celebrities and fans have expressed their support after Welsh singer Duffy revealed she was drugged, raped and held captive in an ordeal that took place at some point in the past 10 years.

“Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it,” she wrote. “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.”

The news sparked a wave of support from fans and celebrities.

Writer Roxane Gay shared Duffy’s Instagram post on Twitter and expressed her shock by the news.

“My goodness. I too always wondered where Duffy went. This is so sad. But I am glad she is doing well,” she wrote.

Television personality Rylan Clark-Neal also responded to the news on Twitter by tweeting Duffy’s name with a heart emoji next to it to show support. Call the Midwife actor Stephen McGann also expressed his support for the singer, writing: “You poor, poor woman. what an appalling thing. All the love and gentleness to you, brave stranger.”

Chris O’Dowd wrote: “Christ, poor Duffy. How horrendous. I hope her request for privacy is respected by the tabloids. She’s been through enough.”

Fans online confessed they wondered what happened to the 35-year-old singer given her early success in the music industry.

Duffy gained fame worldwide for the release of her single “Mercy”. Her album Rockferry, released later that year, earned the singer a Grammy Award and three Brit Awards.

But in 2011, it was confirmed the singer was taking a hiatus from her music career.

“I’ve always wondered why Duffy disappeared but to hear that this was caused the silence? Heartbreaking,” one fan wrote on Twitter following the news.

Other fans called the post “shocking” and “gut-wrenching” to read, with most saying they stood behind the singer and the progress she’s made to overcome the assault.

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Duffy says she was ‘raped, drugged and held captive for days’