Singer Duffy has gone online to share her "dark" account of her rape ordeal in order to "help others who have suffered the same".

The Welsh star revealed earlier this year that she had been "raped and drugged and held captive for some days", and that her career had come to an end. Duffy's last album, Endlessly, was released in 2010. She shared a new song last month.

In a lengthy new post on her website, duffywords.com, the 35-year-old provided further details of her ordeal, saying that she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday.

"It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country," she wrote. "I can't remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling vehicle.

"I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me. I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened. I was stuck with him for another day, he didn't look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn. I could have been disposed of by him."

She said she does not know how she found "the strength to endure those days".  She also claimed her unnamed attacker made "veiled confessions of wanting to kill me".

She said she subsequently flew back to the UK with her attacker.

Duffy recounted that she made her escape by "fleeing" but did not elaborate, only saying she "cannot remember getting home".

"It didn't feel safe to go to the police," she continued. "I felt if anything went wrong, I would be dead, and he would have killed me. I could not risk being mishandled or it being all over the news during my danger."

Duffy explained that she later shared her story with female police officers on two occasions - first when someone tried to blackmail her over her story, then when men tried to break into her home - but did not say what subsequently happened.

She said she wanted to share her story now because "we are living in a hurting world".

"I hope it comforts you to feel less ashamed if you feel alone," she said.

"I am no longer ashamed that something deeply hurt me, anymore. I believe that if you speak from the heart within you, the heart within others will answer.

"As dark as my story is, I do speak from my heart, for my life, and for the life of others, whom have suffered the same."

"I can now leave this decade behind," she concluded. "Where the past belongs. Hopefully no more 'what happened to Duffy questions', now you know … and I am free."

If you have been affected by issues raised in this story, please visit: www.rte.ie/helplines.