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Madonna reveals she was raped her first year in NYC

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Madonna has managed to shock fans once again, only this time it's with a terrifying story revealing she was raped at knifepoint in New York City as a young woman.

Legendary pop star Madonna never fails to disappoint with her scandalous and shocking ways. But now, the 55-year-old famous singer has done more than that after revealing she was raped at knifepoint when she first moved to New York City.

In a cover story for Harper's Bazaar, Madonna details the traumatic event she endured as a young woman when she became a rape victim. "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms," she said.

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"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," Madonna wrote. "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."

Madonna also admitted the Big Apple was nothing like she had imagined and getting to the big city "wasn't anything I prepared for."

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Back then, she was a college dropout from Michigan who left behind a dance scholarship to live in New York and become a professional. However, once she began attempting to make a living she realized how hard it was going to be.

"Trying to be a professional dancer, paying my rent by posing nude for art classes, staring at people staring at me naked," the megastar added. "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."

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Madonna did not divulge if she reported her rape to the police or not, but after several more hard years in New York City, she finally signed a deal with Sire Records in 1982. Her first single, titled "Everybody," marked the start of a career that still evolves today. The era started by Madonna has reached giant proportions and continues to produce tons of young copycats such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus.

"When you're 25, it's a little bit easier to be daring, especially if you are a pop star, because eccentric behavior is expected from you."

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