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Power Move: Bella Thorne Releases Nude Pictures After Hacker’s Threats

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Just in case you were considering it, don’t ever mess with Bella Thorne, because she will *not* pull any punches. Over the weekend, the actress proved that she is not to be trifled with when a hacker stole her nude photos. In response to the threat, Bella just posted the photos herself. Total. Power. Move.

The trouble started last Thursday when weird tweets started appearing on Bella’s Twitter account. The hacker posted a series of strange tweets, including racial epithets and LGBTQ+ slurs. The invasive behavior then escalated, with screenshots of Bella’s private DM’s with YouTuber Jake Paul being posted — which appeared to be flirty. The hacker then said he would leak Bella’s nudes if people followed a Snapchat account. Although Bella regained control of her Twitter account later that day, it appeared that some major damage was done.

On Saturday, Bella tweeted a statement about the issue, along with the photos the hacker had threatened to release without her consent. She said, “I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see.” She also said that the hacker had sent her the intimate photos of several other celebrities. Before saying that she had contacted the FBI, she told fans, “Here’s my boobies.”

In her note, Bella said that she was releasing the photos in order to regain the power that the hacker thought he had over her. “I’m putting this out because it’s my decision now u don’t get to take another thing from me [sic].” While it’s a baller move that Bella release her nudes, we want to underscore how totally uncool it that she ever had to be in this position in the first place. Even though it’s all digital, hacks of phone or social media accounts are personally invasive. And obtaining, spreading, or looking at someone’s intimate photos without their consent is harassment. It’s also super illegal.

If someone ever tries to show you another person’s nudes, please inform them that they are a full-on trashcan of a person, who’s also breaking the law.

After Bella addressed her hacker issues, she returned to her book tour for her book of poems The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarry. The book is currently on the top of the Amazon poetry bestseller list. May we all remember what Beyoncé said, “Best revenge is your paper.”

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