Madonna reveals she was raped at knife-point in terrifying ordeal

Published Saturday, Oct 5 2013, 08:34 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Madonna has finally opened up about a terrifying ordeal that happened early on in her career.

The singer, now 55, reveals that she was raped at knife-point shortly after arriving in New York at the age of 19.

Madonna at Chime For Change Concert at Twickenham Stadium, 1 June 2013

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After nearly two decades, the Evita star has chosen to talk about the sexual assault, revealing she was sexually abused by a stranger shortly after arriving in New York City to pursue her dreams of stardom.

In the November issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, Madonna recalls: "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back."

Madonna performs on stage


In the revealing interview, Madonna also talks about her career, her childhood, her rise to fame, finding Kabbalah and being a mother.

She says about those early days in New York: "I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it. But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going."

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