Please support me to make this a positive experience.". I did not want to show the world the sadness in my eyes," she added. Here we look back at Duffy's life and career, and all the fascinating facts about the talented singer: Duffy's debut album: Rockferry Duffy at the 2009 BRIT Awards. Welsh singer Duffy has spoken out about being "raped, drugged and held captive for weeks". [68] "I cannot tell you what this means after five years of hard work," Duffy said. It was used on the War Child charity album titled War Child Heroes, Volume I. [115], In a longer statement published that April, Duffy wrote that she had been drugged at a restaurant on her birthday, held captive in her home, taken to a foreign country on a plane, and raped. Duffy had the UK's best-selling album of 2008 and won three Brit Awards and a Grammy, but she virtually vanished after releasing her second album in 2010. [8][9][10][11] Duffy describes living in the safe house as a dog-eat-dog, claustrophobic and isolating experience. [65] Duffy also made a recording for British broadcaster BBC, performing at the LSO St. Luke's. [96], Duffy has endorsed several products. The album was recorded in New York, London and Spain[79] in the year prior to the announcement. She stated to the audience that this happens in one out of every 15 of her shows when she feels exposed for reasons she does not fully understand. Duffy also made appearances on the BBC Two television programme The Culture Show on 23 February 2008, performing "Mercy". "Please respect this is a gentle move for me to make, for myself, and I do not want any intrusion to my family. Read about our approach to external linking. [83], In August 2011, Duffy was scheduled to perform in Monaco for the Sporting Summer Festival, but cancelled and Melody Gardot was hired to replace her. "The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days. Here's the latest on the Welsh singer Duffy. [19] Lee moved Duffy to Crouch End in London, orchestrating a meeting between Duffy and Suede's ex-guitar player Bernard Butler. Becker said that she was hired in March 2010 and was dismissed in December 2010, but was supposed to remain Duffy's manager until the end of the promotion of Endlessly or alternatively four months after its initial release. In January 2008, Duffy came second to Adele in the annual BBC News Online poll of industry experts Sound of 2008, for acts to emerge in the coming year. Aimee Duffy, the Welsh pop singer known as Duffy … The relaxation of rules for mixing is cut from five days to Christmas Day in England, Scotland and Wales - and scrapped completely for much of south-east England. Welsh singer Duffy. Her debut album, Rockferry, released in 2008, became the best-selling album in the United Kingdom that year and led to worldwide attention. [7], In September 1998, at the age of 14, Duffy was briefly put in a police safe house when authorities uncovered a plot by her stepfather's ex-wife to pay a hitman £3,000 to kill her stepfather, Philip Smith. On 22 February 2008, she appeared on Later with Jools Holland for a third time and performed "Rockferry", "Mercy", and "Stepping Stone". Duffy — born Aimee Anne Duffy — said she was ultimately flown back to the U.K. by him, and that he proceeded to drug her in her own home for the next four weeks. "If you have any questions I would like to answer them, in the spoken interview, if I can. (C) 2007 Polydor Ltd. (UK)#Duffy #Mercy #Vevo #Pop #VevoOfficial [6], She attended Ysgol Nefyn (Nefyn School), Gwynedd on the Llŷn Peninsula and Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire as a child. [21] After Butler had given Duffy a soul music "education" by downloading tracks on to her iPod that she could listen to while around London or travelling back to Wales, the pair co-wrote with her and helped create a new retro sound. We're pretty much homeless now', BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers. Duffy, 35, has shared her account of what happened on … British singer Duffy walked away from the spotlight after a terrifying rape ordeal. Plans had called for her to open for Coldplay on six of the dates. Endlessly was released in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2010 and placed at number 9 in the album charts of 5 December. In 2009, Duffy received the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Rockferry, one of three nominations, and won three out of four Brit Awards nominations, for British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album. The record was a … How 'Auntie' Dionne Warwick won Twitter in 2020, Attenborough: 'I cheered when Biden was elected', 'Some countries can't afford the Covid vaccine', .css-q4by3k-IconContainer{display:none;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}playMicroplastics, drugs and food - how jellyfish can help us. Duffy is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. Patagonia premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on 10 June 2010,[104] and was released in October 2010. [98] Duffy was named as the "face" of the brand, alongside other famous women,[99][100] though her initial advert for the brand was widely deemed as a career misstep. "I was so terrified. Aimee Anne Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known by her surname, is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. Countdown to Duffy’s next birthday. Duffy posted an emotional update revealing why she disappeared from the public eye shortly after the release of her second studio album, "Endlessly," in 2011. According to Duffy's official website she is currently signed to Universal Recording Group. [54] To coincide with the release of Rockferry, Duffy performed at the Apollo Theater in New York City. In reaction to her parents' break-up, her next three years were a rebellious period that included binge drinking and stealing a rowing boat. In a newspaper interview in 2014, Duffy's former mentor Bernard Butler, expressed his sympathy for the way in which the singer's career had faltered, despite their parting of the ways. Wed 26 Feb 2020 05.06 EST. [108][109], In 2009 Duffy's estimated fortune of £4 million placed her in 16th place in that year’s Sunday Times listing of Great Britain's wealthiest young musicians. [78][103] The film is about Welsh Argentines living in Y Wladfa, Patagonia, Argentina. 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Born Aimee Anne Duffy in June 1984, the 35-year-old Welsh singer made her breakthrough in 2007 with her debut album, Rockferry. [18] Duffy was introduced to Jeanette Lee of Rough Trade Records in August 2004, after singing Richard J. Parfitt's "Oh Boy". [27] By 2007, Duffy was finalising her debut album effort, to be titled Rockferry, after Rock Ferry, where her grandmother lives. The recovery took time. "It's really difficult to speak out… for some women it's the right time to talk many years after the experience, and for some it's never the right time," she said. The Welsh singer, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, first revealed her ordeal via an Instagram post in February, and revealed more details of being kidnapped on her web page. 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Fellow celebrities and fans have expressed their support after Welsh singer Duffy revealed she was drugged, raped and held captive in an ordeal that took place at some point in the past 10 years. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. [2] In July 2011, Duffy was sued by Angela Becker, the manager she had hired in 2010 to replace her former manager Jeanette Lee. 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Ben Beaumont-Thomas @ben_bt. [110], She dated Welsh international rugby player Mike Phillips from September 2009[103] to May 2011. [70][71] "Mercy" was played on United States radio and television more than 3 million times earning Duffy a 2009 Broadcast Music Incorporated award. [50] At the MTV Europe Music Awards, she received nominations in the categories of Album of the Year, Most Addictive Track, and New Act. She also toured the American summer festivals in 2008, including a visit to Lollapalooza in Chicago. Duffy - real name Aimee Duffy - wrote on Instagram: “Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why? Albums by Amy Winehouse and Adele were also named as essential Blue Eyed Soul recordings in the "recent" category. British singer Duffy has explained her long absence from the music scene by saying she was "raped and drugged and held captive", but has given no details about where or when the incident took place. [44] Duffy describes this as "a big, disco-y dance song". There's no light way to say it. [14] She was advised by a lecturer at Chester University to "Go on the dole, love, and become a singer". Duffy - whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy - went to number one in 12 countries with Mercy, which was the UK's third-best-selling single of 2008 with sales of more than 500,000 copies. The 35-year-old Welsh performer, whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy, said in a revealing Instagram post Tuesday that it has taken time to recover and asked her fans to support her. This song, alongside new song "Dear Heart", was released as a digital download and streaming single on 11 September 2015. The following day the song "just sort of came out". [88] In September 2013, Duffy gave her first live performance in three years during a tribute to Edith Piaf in New York City. At first the video for the song was meant to be an elaborate production, but ended up a tearful head shot in a taxi cab with Duffy's mascara smudging. She said she had disappeared from the spotlight so she could recover, adding that she was now doing well, but it had taken her time to recover. "You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this," she wrote on Instagram. She eventually won three awards, including Best Album for Rockferry, one behind the record held by Blur for the most won in one night. In 2015, she starred as Timi Yuro, an American singer in the biographical crime thriller film Legend. [30] The black-and-white album art and video for the title track were shot by directors Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull, on and around the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, which was renamed 'Rockferry' for the occasion. [89], At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, it was announced that Duffy would return to acting with a starring role in a film project called Secret Love which was never released. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. “Whatever happened to Duffy?” is a question that’s been asked by pop music fans for the better part of a decade — especially in the singer’s native UK, where, in the late 20… The singer, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, said she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday, kidnapped, and continued to be drugged over four weeks by a man, whom she did not identify. Duffy said in retrospect, "It was a horrendous thing to do." Of course I survived. Aged 15, she ran away back to her father's home in Nefyn. [64] In New York, Duffy was left apologising to an audience after briefly bursting into tears. Smith's ex-wife, Dawn Watson, was sentenced to a 3½-year jail term for soliciting to murder. [62] Duffy played a fourteen-city North American tour. [43] In November 2008, the single "Rain on Your Parade", produced and co-written by Steve Booker, was released. "And slowly it unbroke. Duffy's new management stated that "the professional relationship between Duffy and Rough Trade management has run its course. The campaign, showing Duffy cycling through a supermarket singing "I Gotta Be Me", was launched on British television station ITV, following the 2009 BRIT Awards, which saw Duffy take home three awards for her work. Duffy - whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy - went to number one in 12 countries with Mercy, which was the UK's third-best-selling single of 2008 with sales of … In 2010, she made her acting debut in the film Patagonia and released her second studio album Endlessly to moderate success. [31] According to Duffy, "The album took nearly four years to make. 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At the 2008 MOJO Awards, Duffy won the "Song of the Year" award for "Mercy"[46] and was nominated also for "Album of the Year" and "Breakthrough Act". [56] In 2008, Duffy played many festivals in Europe. The last fans heard from the singer, born Aimee Duffy, was her sophomore album Endlessly (2010), and for the majority of the 2010s — after years of success in … The Welsh singer shed new light on the harrowing details of the event, describing how she was drugged, taken to another country, and held hostage for a month. In the United Kingdom, Duffy played venues such as Glastonbury and the Evolution Festival. [69] At the awards ceremony she performed "Warwick Avenue". Eleri Butler, chief executive of Welsh Women's Aid, told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers the singer's choice to speak out was a "strong, courageous and powerful statement". [91], In March 2020, Duffy sent an unreleased song, "Something Beautiful", to Jo Whiley to play on her BBC Radio 2 show. [17] It later achieved Welsh chart success in 2008, charting at number one on the "Siart C2" music chart. x Duffy. Photograph: PR. The 36-year-old soul singer was born in Gwynedd, Wales. Her mother and her sisters did not speak to her for about a year afterwards. Tweet Share Copy ... Duffy, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, took a hiatus from the music industry in 2011 after her second album, Endlessly, fared poorly on the charts and with sales. Earlier she had been nominated for awards in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her single "Mercy". Bernard Butler, who was not initially paid, produced four songs for the album, including the single "Rockferry". In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview. The singer posted a message telling fans what had happened to her on Instagram, revealing the reason she had stopped releasing music and had ‘disappeared’. However, these claims were ultimately rejected. Duffy, whose debut album Rockferry went seven times platinum as it went to number one in six countries, won three Brit Awards and a Grammy following her breakthrough. Microplastics, drugs and food - how jellyfish can help us. [51] She performed at the EMA show. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Grammy award-winning singer Duffy has revealed she was drugged and raped after being held captive by an attacker. [113][114] She did not specify the identity of her attacker(s) or mention when or where the attack took place. Duffy is a surname of Irish origin that comes from the original Irish name Ó Dubhthaigh, meaning descendant or grandson of Dubhthach.Dubhthach was an Old Irish first name meaning "Black". [33] The single was physically released on 25 February 2008. “The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. In August 2008, Duffy appeared in Fashion Rocks, supporting a new range of Nivea products. It entered the chart at number one, and became the best-selling album in the UK that year. We're pretty much homeless now'10. Although acknowledging that most people do mean well, she spoke of finding it "scary" when people recognised her in the street, and was fearful of her image possibly changing the person she is. [101] In addition, the advert went on to spark unexpected complaints about the health of children when it showed Duffy riding without protective gear, to the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority. It spawned the successful single "Mercy". Duffy has said "That's as close as I'm ever going to get to doing a performance that's real in a video. She released her second album, Endlessly, in 2010. [73], The album's success led to a period of confusion about her role in the music business that nearly led her to quit music. I felt so ill", Duffy recounted in 2008, as reported by the NME and The Sun. [36][37][38] A remix of "Mercy", featuring rap artist The Game, was released on 10 May. "[35], By May, "Mercy" was a staple on VH1 and a hot Adult Contemporary radio hit and had been featured in the season finale of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy as well as being on the soundtrack album for Sex and the City: The Movie. [97] Duffy has also appeared in various European television commercials endorsing the beverage Diet Coke. Duffy praised for revealing rape ordeal but music return 'is still way off' Showbiz star support. 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.". At the Brits, she won British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album awards. [28] She subsequently struck a US label deal with Mercury Records, a newly re-activated imprint of Island Def Jam Music Group. "I asked myself, how can I sing from the heart if it is broken? The name also has connotations derived from Spain, Latin America and Italy.Variations include: Duffey, Duffee, Duff, O'Duffey, O'Duffy, Duffe, O'Duffe, Dufficy, Doey, Dohey, Doohey, Duhig and O'Dowey. Duffy formed a songwriting partnership with Albert Hammond for the record. © 2020 BBC. You have been friends. [87] Albert Hammond announced in 2012 that he was working with Duffy. The track was included on the deluxe edition of Rockferry. In February, Duffy took to social media to reveal that she recused herself from her career and the limelight as the result of trauma from being kidnapped and raped. [84] In October 2012, Duffy was announced as a performer for the Atelier Festival in Dubai but failed to appear and was declared a "no show" by the Dubai media. Against the idea for the sake of her career in order to write her second album Endlessly! Kingdom and Ireland during November and December 2008 had been held captive over some Days, '' she wrote Instagram. 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