US pop icon Madonna dares to reveal one very personal truth in an essay for “The Daring Issue” of Harper’s Bazaar: When she was young and trying to make it in New York City, she was raped at knifepoint.
The former Material Girl — now possibly the world’s most famous woman — in a bluntly honest essay for Harper’s Bazaar tells of the anguish of her early days in New York — and that horrific night.
New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be,” the 55-year-old Madonna writes. “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.”
She says: “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.” In the wide-ranging essay, the twice-married pop provocateur also reveals that as a teenager growing up in Detroit, she was seen as an oddball.
“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.”
“I consider moving to a foreign country to be a very daring act. It wasn’t easy for me .. I didn’t understand pub culture. I didn’t understand that being openly ambitious was frowned upon. Once again I felt alone.
“I have been blessed with four amazing children. I try to teach them to think outside the box. To be daring. To choose to do things because they are the right thing to do, not because everybody else is doing them,” she writes. “I have started making films, which is probably the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done. I am building schools for girls in Islamic countries and studying the Qur’an. I think it is important to study all the holy books. As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth. I couldn’t agree more.
“To some people this is a very daring thought.”