Nearly a decade after retreating from public view, Welsh pop singer Duffy released a statement Tuesday outlining why she went dark in the years after her debut album and hit song “Mercy” topped the charts.

“The truth is,” she wrote, “… I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days.”

Duffy, 35, whose given name is Aimee Anne Duffy, asked her fans to “please trust me I am ok and safe now.” The singer did not offer further details of her assault but said she will post a “spoken interview” to social media in the coming weeks in which she will try to answer more questions.

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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. Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why. 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. 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. 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. In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview. If you have any questions I would like to answer them, in the spoken interview, if I can. I have a sacred love and sincere appreciation for your kindness over the years. You have been friends. I want to thank you for that x Duffy 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.

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Duffy’s first album, “Rockferry,” went platinum seven times after it dropped in 2008, hitting No. 1 in six countries and netting her the British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album titles at the Brit Awards, the BBC reported. In the United States, she was nominated for two Grammys and won a third for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Her single “Mercy,” which echoed the tone of contemporaries Amy Winehouse and Adele, topped the music charts in 12 countries, according to the BBC. Duffy’s second album, “Endlessly,” was released in 2010 with less success, and she dropped a handful of other songs in 2015 that included tracks for the Tom Hardy movie “Legend,” in which she appeared as a nightclub singer.

For fans and observers in the music world, the sputtering trajectory of her musical career over the past decade felt strange after such a strong start.

In her statement, Duffy explained her absence.

“Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why,” she said in an Instagram post.

When a journalist contacted her last summer, Duffy said, she “told him everything.” She said the reporter was “kind” and that “it felt so amazing to finally speak.”

“The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it,” she said in her statement. “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. 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.”

The singer thanked her fans for their kindness over the years and said she has a “sacred love and sincere appreciation” for them.

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