Madonna has opened up about a trying experience after she moved to New York City back in the 1970's. She told Harper's Bazaar, "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."
She continued, "New York wasn't anything I was prepared for. 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. 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."
Madonna added, "One of the many things I learned from all of this. If you aren't willing to fight for what you believe in, then don't even enter the ring."
The issue of Harper's Bazaar featuring Madonna is set to hit stands in Novemeber.