Madonna writes about being raped at knifepoint in Harper's interview
Madonna used her interview in November's Harper's Bazaar to revisit the fact she was raped after moving from Michigan to New York City.
"New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms," she wrote in a personal essay accompanying a photo shoot. "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, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don't know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time."
That would be 1978, when she dropped out of the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship to take her chances. She ended up signing with Sire Records in 1982. She goes on to detail the next 30 years of her career, illustrating the magazine's theme as "The Daring Issue."
"As life goes on (and thank goodness it has), the idea of being daring has become the norm for me," the 55-year-old wrote. "Of course, this is all about perception because asking questions, challenging people's ideas and belief systems, and defending those who don't have a voice have become a part of my everyday life. In my book, it is normal."