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Madonna: I Was ‘Raped’ At Knifepoint

Fri, October 4, 2013 4:59pm EDT by 2 Comments
Terry Richardson for Harper’s BAZAAR

Madonna SHOCKS the world in this highly personal and daring interview where she really holds nothing back in a special essay that she penned for the magazine. From the challenges she faced to the boundaries she broke and the constant struggles she endured, you won’t believe what she had to say!

Before there was Lady Gaga, we had one of the most controversial artists of pop music — Madonna. In Harper’s BAZAAR magazine, the icon herself penned an essay revealing her struggles of making it in the harsh music business and the criticism that is still surrounding the artist.  Dressed in black leather designs and bondage-like ensembles, all we can ever say is — ‘it’s Madonna!’

Madonna Raped At Knifepoint:

In the mag, (on newsstands on Oct. 22), Madonna paints a harsh, (but fiercely real), picture of her first time in the’big city’ alone. “This wasn’t anything I prepared for in Rochester, Michigan. Trying to be a professional dancer, paying my rent by posing nude for art classes, staring at people staring at me naked. Daring them to think of me as anything but a form they were trying to capture with their pencils and charcoal. 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,” she writes of her time in NYC.

The Grammy-winning artist didn’t just struggle with breaking into the entertainment business — but explains in her article just how much of herself she had to “give up.” “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, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.” This shocking confession shows that Madonna is a true survivor.

Madonna’s ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ Interview:

When you hear the name Madonna, we think of the woman who transformed pop music, a lady who is glamorous and transcendent, and a woman that is beautiful and flawless — but her teen years were anything but. The singer wrote about the fact that being ‘yourself,’ doesn’t always mean that you’ll be popular and your peers will accept you — who could not like Madonna? “Most people thought I was strange. I didn’t have many friends; I might not have had any 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. And for me, that was going to New York to become a REAL artist. To be able to express myself in a city of nonconformists. To revel and shimmy and shake in a world and be surrounded by daring people.”

Madonna continues to inspire and is constantly critiqued for what she wears, what she does, and BECAUSE she’s Madonna! No matter what, her name will always have an ever-lasting effect on the world of pop culture. From the 80’s until now — we just can’t get enough of this material girl.

What do you think of Madonna and her serious confessions? Comment below with your thoughts!

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— Gabrielle Bernardini

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