Grammy award-winning singer Duffy has revealed she was drugged and raped after being held captive by an attacker.
The 35-year-old Welsh star posted on her verified Instagram account that her "recovery took time".
The performer, who had a UK number-one single Mercy in 2008, wrote to her 33,000 followers: "The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now."
"I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days," she wrote.
"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."
Duffy, whose debut album Rockferry went seven times platinum as it went to number one in six countries, won three Brit Awards and a Grammy following her breakthrough.
"You can only imagine the number of times I thought about writing this," she wrote on Instagram.
Duffy - whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy - went to number one in 12 countries with Mercy, which was the UK's third-best-selling single of 2008 with sales of more than 500,000 copies.
The singer, from Nefyn in Gwynedd, then enjoyed success with her first album Rockferry as it became the UK's biggest selling album of 2008. Source: BBC