Madonna: I Was Raped At Knifepoint
Pop legend shares awful experiences from her early days in New York...
Madonnahas revealed that she was raped at knifepoint when she was a young hopeful in New York.
The queen of pop has penned an essay for Harper's Bazaar magazine - in which she has made a number of personal revelations.
She wrote: "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, 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 also addressed her relationship with England via her marriage to film director Guy Ritchie.
"When I was 45, I was married again, with two children and living in England. I consider moving to a foreign country to be a very daring act. It wasn't easy for me. Just because we speak the same language doesn't mean we speak the same language.
"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. Once again I felt alone. But I stuck it out and I found my way, and I grew to love English wit, Georgian architecture, sticky toffee pudding, and the English countryside. There is nothing more beautiful than the English countryside."
And she also admitted that she found it tough to deal with the flak she got for adopting David Banda from Malawi in 2006.
"I didn't know that trying to adopt a child was going to land me in another s**t storm. But it did. I was accused of kidnapping, child trafficking, using my celebrity muscle to jump ahead in the line, bribing government officials, witchcraft, you name it. Certainly I had done something illegal!
"This was an eye-opening experience. A real low point in my life. I could get my head around people giving me a hard time for simulating masturbation onstage or publishing my Sex book, even kissing Britney Spears at an awards show, but trying to save a child's life was not something I thought I would be punished for."