DUFFY has opened up about the frightening details of her kidnapping and rape for the first time.
The Welsh singer has written about how she was "drugged for four weeks, raped and taken abroad" in an ordeal which saw her retreat from celebrity and public life altogether.
The 35-year-old revealed in February that she had been held captive and sexually abused for a number of days, but has now given further horrific details about the incident.
Writing on her official website, Duffy said: "It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country.
"I can't remember getting on the plane and came back round in the back of a travelling vehicle. I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me."
The star said that during her captivity she thought about escaping, but feared her perpetrator would use the police to find her.
"I do not know how I had the strength to endure those day, I did feel the presence of something that helped me stay alive."
She then explained that she flew back to the UK with her captor but that she "knew my life was in immediate danger" because he had made veiled threats to kill her.
"It didn't feel safe to go to the police. I felt if anything went wrong, I would be dead, and we would have killed me. I could not risk being mishandled or it being all over the news during my danger."
Duffy added that she wouldn't disclose the name of her captor, and that it only for the police to know who he is.
She went on to say that in the aftermath of the ordeal, she became suicidal, saying that she cut off all her hair and would go weeks without seeing anyone.
"In hiding, in not talking, I was allowing the rape to become a companion," she said.
The Mercy star also said that she considering changing her name and moving to another country, but admitted that she soon realised that she had to be strong and face her fears in order to leave the past behind her.
"I just have to be strong and disclose it and face all my hears head on. I've come to realise I can't erase myself, I live in my being, so I have to be completely honest and have faith in the outcome.
"I can now leave this decade behind. Where the past belongs. Hopefully no more 'what happened to Duffy questions', now you know ... and I am free."