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
Madonna: I Was Raped on a Rooftop
Madonna hosts The Sound of Change Live at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, June 1st, 2013.   (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP Images)

(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."

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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. (Read more Madonna stories.)

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