The horrifying incident happened during Madonna's struggling days in New York when she was just 20.
In Madonna's upcoming biopic, she will be recounting the harrowing details of her tragic past, the moment she was raped at knifepoint. The horrifying incident happened when the singer was just 20. Madonna, who will forever remain incomparable in her field, is said to be directing the film and touching on the darker aspects of her life when she was trying to make her way into the limelight. Previously, the 62-year-old opened up about being molested after she moved to New York in an essay for Harper's Bazaar magazine. Speaking about the traumatic ordeal the pop star wrote, "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms."
In addition to this, her house was burglarized at least thrice. "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," she shared. According to Daily Mail, she explained, "I was told that if I wanted to press charges, that, you know, a physical examination, I would have to go before the court, they are going to ask you all these personal questions. You've already been violated, so then, do you want to talk about it? Do you want to make it public? No, it's just not worth it. It's too humiliating."
She also opened up about her struggle to make friends while she was a teenager as others found her "non-conformist attitude 'strange."' She has become "the opposite of what all the other girls were doing," and it was a "man repelled." In order to pursue a career as a professional dancer, the pop star would pose naked for art classes just so she could afford the rent. There she found herself "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 pens and charcoal." There were moments when she felt "scared s***less" by a few parts of the city, however, she was "defiant" and "hell bent on surviving."
The singer also opened up about her relationship with British director Guy Richie. The two divorced in 2008 and she explains how moving to England to stay with Richie felt alienating. "It wasn't easy for me. Just because we speak the same language doesn't mean we speak the same language," she said. "I didn't understand that there was still a class system. I didn't understand pub culture. I didn't understand that being openly ambitious was frowned upon." According to the Independent, she managed to stay there for a while eventually falling in love with other aspects of the country.
A source recently revealed that Madonna's introduction to tragedy happened very early in her life when she lost her mother to an unforgiving illness. "She lost her mother to cancer when she was just five, something a child never gets over," they told The Mirror. "But she turned her loss and pain into a creative force to be reckoned with." The film is sure to have some "shockers, as that is just part of her DNA. This has been an incredibly cathartic process for Madonna," they continued. "She is uncovering memories that have long been left dormant. She has done and achieved so much, so to have this time to reflect has been quite magical." The process of writing the film has reportedly been a very cathartic experience for the star who recently told fans, "I keep forgetting that I'm writing about myself... I can't make s*** up! But in fact I don't need to. The truth will set you free and also be devastating!"