Madonna lands the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and in the new issue, the 55-year-old reveals some dark secrets from her past. Shortly after she arrived in NYC as an unknown singer from Rochester, MI, the singer was the victim of a vicious rape.
“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,” writes Madonna, who adds that she “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.”
As Madonna acolytes know, back in 1978, the future megastar dropped out of the University of Michigan, where she had a dance scholarship, to move to the Big Apple.
Arriving in New York, she says, “wasn’t anything I prepared for,” she writes. “Trying to be a professional dancer, paying my rent by posing nude for art classes, staring at people staring at me naked. Daring them to think of me as anything but a form they were trying to capture with their pencils and charcoal,” she continues. (Some of those nudes later made their way into Playboy magazine after Madonna became a star.) “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.”
After several very lean years, she signed a deal with Sire Records in 1982, with her debut single, “Everybody,” coming out that October. The predecessor to Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and many others writes of her first few years of fame: “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.”
I can’t believe it’s November already…. Shoot me.
Anyway, she looks great in these pictures, but they’re so photoshopped it’s crazy. Hard to know what she actually looks like anymore. You see her in “real life” on camera or anything, and she looks nothing like this.
PS: Guess who took these pictures? Terry Richardson! Course.