We continue with madonna, opening up about a traumatic incident. The material girl reveals in the upcoming edition of "harper's bazaar" that he survived a terrifying attack on a roof top when she was... See More
We continue with madonna, opening up about a traumatic incident. The material girl reveals in the upcoming edition of "harper's bazaar" that he survived a terrifying attack on a roof top when she was 20 years old. Reporter: This vary look at madonna. In 1982. Bold, and confident, no one knew that she had already lived a lifetime of pain. ♪ Like a virgin ♪ Reporter: Before becoming a worldwide sensation with "like a virgin" the now 55-year-old superstar reveals she was raped soon after moving to new york at just 20 years old. New york wasn't efg I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gun point, raped on a roof top of a building. I had my apartment broken into three times. I don't know why. Anybody who thinks what she has and what she's created came easily is simply kidding themselves. Reporter: She alluded to those personal pains when she spoke with "gma" in 1991. Every bit of happiness i have, there's this much sadness. Reporter: Despite the traumatic experience, she fought her fears of life in the big city. Saying I was defiant. Hell bent on surviving and making it. It was hard. It was lonely. I had to dare myself every day to keep going. Sometimes I would play the victim and cry in my shoe box of a bedroom. ♪ Don't go for second best, baby ♪ Reporter: She didn't express her struggles then. The early days taught her one of many important lessons. If you're not willing to fight for what you believe in, then don't even enter the ring. ♪ Express yourself ♪ Reporter: For "good morning america," paula faris, abc news, new york.
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