- Celebrity The Telegraph
Pop singer Duffy has shared a harrowing account of being raped, drugged and held captive for weeks - and said she was telling her "dark" story to help "others who have suffered the same". Via a post on her verified Instagram page, the 35 year-old said that she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday before being held captive in her own home and taken to a foreign country. In a long post written on a web page that she shared a link to via Instagram, Duffy added: "I hope it comforts you to feel less ashamed if you feel alone." The Welsh singer, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, first revealed her ordeal via an Instagram post in February, and revealed more details of being kidnapped on her web page. "It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country," she said. "I can't remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling vehicle. "I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me. "I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened. "I was stuck with him for another day, he didn't look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn. "I could have been disposed of by him." She said that she does not know how she had "the strength to endure those days", and claimed the perpetrator made "veiled confessions of wanting to kill me". Duffy said she was sharing her ordeal because "we are living in a hurting world". "I am no longer ashamed that something deeply hurt me, anymore. I believe that if you speak from the heart within you, the heart within others will answer," she said. "As dark as my story is, I do speak from my heart, for my life, and for the life of others, whom have suffered the same." Duffy said that she escaped by "fleeing", but did not provide an account of how she got away, adding she "cannot remember getting home". She said that she initially feared going to the police, but eventually told a female officer what happened after someone threatened to "out her story". Duffy said that she was at "high risk of suicide" following the ordeal and has spent almost 10 years completely alone. But she said she now feels she can leave this decade behind and is now free, thanking her psychologist for helping her through the trauma. She said she hopes to release "a body of work some day", but added: "I very much doubt I will ever be the person people once knew." When Duffy broke her silence about the incident she said many of her fans would "wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why". Her last album, Endlessly, came out in 2010. Last month a new song by the singer, titled Something Beautiful, aired on BBC Radio 2.
- World The Telegraph
A shark fatally mauled a young Australian wildlife worker on the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Tuesday. Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 23-year-old victim worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. "Once again a family out there is grieving for a young man who tragically has lost his life in this horrific shark attack," she told reporters. Police said the man was in the water, returning to a vessel chartered by the service when he was attacked on Monday near North West Island, 47 miles northeast of Gladstone. He suffered extensive injuries to his leg and arm and died at a hospital hours later. Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Anderson said the ranger had been doing maintenance work before the attack. The victim was the last person out of the water. "At the end of the day there were four people swimming off the back of a boat, cooling down after a day's work," he told reporters. There have been at least three shark attacks on the Great Barrier Reef over the past 18 months. Last October, two British backpackers were attacked while snorkeling at Hook Island in the Whitsunday Islands. One of the men lost his foot. In March 2019, a 25-year-old man suffered serious thigh injuries when a shark attacked him at Hardy Reef, near Hamilton Island, also in the Whitsundays chain. And in November 2018, Victorian doctor Daniel Christidis, 33, was killed at Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island.
- Politics Evening Standard
A ruthless letter addressed from Tommy Lee to US President Donald Trump has gone viral - but the Mötley Crüe drummer isn't the original author.The letter criticises Trump’s behaviour, calling the president a “circus orangutan” and highlighting a range of his recent controversies.
- Health The Conversation
Study raises hopes that we may be closer to herd immunity than previously thought.
- Business Quartz
The year 2020 was going to be a great year for Indian startups. Despite India seeing its first coronavirus case on Jan. 30, startups in the country raised an impressive $3 billion in fresh funding during February-nearly three times more than a year ago-according to data from Tracxn. Before the Covid-19 pandemic tightened its grip around India, things were looking up.
- Entertainment Total Film Magazine
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