Madonna and her first years in NY: New York did not welcome me with open arms
Pop star Madonna described her arrival in the Big Apple from the Midwest, where she grew up, in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar, revealing she was raped at knifepoint when she was a young struggling artist in New York, but she did not report the sex assault to the police. The 55-year-old also recalled being held up at gunpoint and having her seedy apartment burgled three times.
Describing the first years in the Big Apple she wrote: “New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms,” and described “paying my rent by posing nude for art classes, staring at people staring at me naked.”
The incident became a central moment not only personally, but especially in Madonna’s artistic development, it became a source of huge motivation for the Material Girl, turning her feelings of the moment into her work, and making her a much stronger person “forced to be a survivor” as the pop star declared.