Madonna
is known for boldly reinventing herself as both a musician and fashion icon, yet the Queen of Pop is now exhibiting true bravery.

The 55-year-old entertainer opened up to the world in the latest issue of “Harper’s Bazaar” about being sexually assaulted shortly after arriving in New York City as a young woman.

“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,” she wrote in a feature piece. “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.”

Madonna left Michigan to pursue a dance scholarship in New York, one of many decisions she writes about in the feature piece that put her in the category of “people who threw convention out the window and danced to the beat of a different drum.

After the assault, the robberies and years of struggling to become a professional dancer, she made it as a singer, but she continued to embrace her nonconformity.

The diva opens up about the controversial periods in her life to follow, from her “Like a Virgin” days to the world’s reaction to her practice of Kabbalah.

Read the full piece, “Madonna’s Back,” over at harpersbazaar.com.

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