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U.K. singer Duffy returns to social media 4 years after revealing kidnap and rape

Duffy posted an inspirational video on Instagram with the caption “A little something to motivate the heart. Hope you are all doing well."
Welsh singer Duffy
Welsh singer Duffy arrives for a performing arts reception at Buckingham Palace in London in 2011.Chris Jackson / Pool via AFP via Getty Images file

Welsh singer Duffy broke her social media hiatus to share a motivational message to fans four years after she revealed the horrific kidnapping and rape that caused her to leave the spotlight.

She posted an inspirational video Monday on Instagram.

“One day you’re going to see it, that happiness was always about the discovery, the hope, the listening to your heart and following it wherever it chose to go," a voiceover said in the video.

"Happiness was always about being kinder to yourself. It was always about embracing the person you are becoming. One day you will understand that happiness was always about learning how to live with yourself."

Duffy, whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy, captioned the video: "A little something to motivate the heart. Hope you are all doing well. Lots of love, Duffy."

Fans flooded the comments section with love and support.

"We miss you Duffy and your beautiful voice," a fan wrote.

"We miss you, Duffy. And we love you. Hope you are doing okay. Remember people love you here," another commented.

Another told Duffy they think of her "EVERY day."

"You're so loved!" the fan wrote.

In 2020, Duffy told fans that she had been raped, drugged and held captive "over some days."

"Of course, I survived. The recovery took time," she said in a since-deleted Instagram post explaining her absence from the industry.

In February 2011 she announced that she was taking a break from music after the release of her sophomore album, “Endlessly.”

“But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine,” she said in the post.

In an essay in 2020, Duffy wrote that she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday and taken to a foreign country. She said that she did not remember getting on an airplane and that she "came round in the back of a traveling vehicle."

"I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me," she wrote. "I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened."

Duffy described flying back home with her alleged abductor and said he "drugged me in my own home in the four weeks."

She eventually escaped but said she did not go to the police initially because she did not feel safe.

Duffy’s team did not immediately respond to's request for comment on March 27. NBC News could not independently verify Duffy’s kidnapping and assault story.

Metropolitan Police told NBC News on March 28 that there was no record of the singer speaking to them about her ordeal. NBC News also reached out to the National Crime Agency in the U.K. but did not immediately receive a response.

Duffy, 39, rose to international fame in 2008 after the release of her song "Mercy," which was featured in the “Sex and the City” movie and the television show “Grey’s Anatomy." The following year, she won the Grammy for best pop vocal album.