Madonna: I Was Raped on a Rooftop

Grammy winner recalls her early struggles in New York City

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 4, 2013 6:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Even die-hard fans may not recall the story of Madonna's rape at knife-point, but she brings it up in a soul-searching interview with Harper's Bazaar, reports US Weekly: "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be," she says of her younger years. "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." Her apartment was also broken into three times, even though she "had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time."

After her divorce from Sean Penn, she says, "a real low point in my life" was adopting son David Banda in Malawi: "I didn't know that trying to adopt a child was going to land me in another sh-- storm." She endured all kinds of accusations, including kidnapping, child trafficking, bribery, and witchcraft. "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." Click to see her Harper's Bazaar photos.

Madonna hosts The Sound of Change Live at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, June 1st, 2013.
Madonna hosts The Sound of Change Live at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, June 1st, 2013.   (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP Images)
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At 35, I was divorced and looking for love in all the wrong places. I decided that I needed to be more than a girl with gold teeth and gangster boyfriends. - Madonna, Harper's Bazaar

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