As talk of an ‘MDNA‘ follow up heats up on many a fan forum, Madonna graces the pages of Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue next month, hitting the magazine for a spread that will no doubt shock some, but inspire many.
For in this spread, she details a story oft overlooked in the story of her rise to the top, explaining how she was raped at knife point months after moving to New York City.
Her story below…
Speaking to the Glenda Bailey ran publication, she revealed:
“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. 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.”
“New York wasn’t anything I was prepared for. Trying to be a professional dancer, paying my rent by posing nude for art classes, staring at people staring at me naked. Daring them to think of me as anything but a form they were trying to capture with their pencils and charcoal. I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it. But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going.
“One of the many things I learned from all of this. If you aren’t willing to fight for what you believe in, then don’t even enter the ring.”