Duffy debuts first new music after kidnap ordeal

The track was played on Jo Whiley's Radio 2 show

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by Bonnie McLaren |

Duffy has shared her first song since revealing she was held captive and raped last month. Yesterday, the singer wrote to Radio 2's Jo Whiley, attaching the song Something Beautiful, with a suggestion that she should play it for those struggling with lockdown.

Luckily Jo played the soulful track, with fans calling it "beautiful", just like the song’s title.

"I don't plan to release it," Duffy wrote on Instagram. "I just thought a little something might be nice for people if they are at home, on lockdown."

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In 2008, Duffy had the UK's best-selling album and the following year became the first woman to win three Brit Awards in the same night. But she then disappeared completely from the public eye - and last month, she told fans the reason why, saying that she had been "drugged, raped and held captive".

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"You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this," she wrote, in a now-deleted Instagram post. "The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. Well, not entirely sure why now is the right time, and what it is that feels exciting and liberating for me to talk. I cannot explain it. Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why."

She said she had confided in a journalist over the summer and that it had "felt amazing to finally speak" about her experience. "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 said.

"Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There's no light way to say it. But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine."

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