Madonna revealed she was raped at knifepoint as a young woman trying to pursue her career in New York City.
The ‘Material Girl’ hitmaker has been an ambassador for women’s rights, but sensationally revealed her own terrifying experience of rape in a candid essay written for Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Though she doesn’t reveal how old she was at the time of the attack, Madonna – who arrived to the Big Apple from her hometown of Michigan in 1978 – could have been around 20 years old.
“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be” she wrote, “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.”
It’s reported in Madonna’s 2007 biography, ‘Madonna: Like an Icon’ by Lucy O’Brien, that the star chose not to report the incident to the authorities and instead “internalised” the ordeal.
However Madonna chooses not to dwell on the trauma in her essay for Harper’s as she even cracks a joke about how dangerous New York was when she moved to the city.
“My apartment (was) broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.” she jeered.
Madonna revealed her rape ordeal in a candid essay (Danny Clifford/WENN)
The 55-year-old icon reveals that her rebellious nature made her a misfit, and a “real man repeller” in her hometown of Michigan as she chose not to shave her legs or armpits, refused to wear makeup and tied scarves around her head “like a Russian peasant.”
She continued: “Most people thought I was strange. I didn’t have many friends. But it all turned out good in the end, because when you aren’t popular and you don’t have a social life, it gives you more time to focus on your future.”
Madonna’s essay comes as part of Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘Daring Issue’ , where she explains she loves to make risky decisions.
“If I can’t be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don’t really see the point of being on this planet,” she wrote.