Iggy Azalea Deletes Her Instagram After Nude Photos Leak
Iggy Azalea is the latest celebrity to fall victim to a nude photo leak and we feel so terrible for her. Intimate photos of the rapper, which appeared to be outtakes from her 2016 GQ photoshoot, began circulating the internet over the weekend, leading her to address the situation in a since-deleted post.
On Monday, the 28-year-old released a statement to her followers which stated that the photos were never intended for release. According to PEOPLE, she wrote:
“Today I’m a ball of negative emotions. I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things. Not solely because I did not consent to this — but also because of the vile way people have reacted. A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things even further and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body has honestly disturbed me. The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming & makes me feel like throwing up.”
Iggy also spoke about the impact the leak has had on her personal relationships, saying: “it’s like a nuclear bomb that explodes and not only destroys you emotionally, but leaves a path of destruction in your personal life.”
Iggy Azalea releases statement following the deactivation of her social media accounts after GQ photoshoot topless outtakes leaked.
She states that a lot of women have done this topless shoot but it never gets released and she will keep her accounts deactivated for now. pic.twitter.com/NfEmjw7TJ0
— Pop Alarms ? (@Pop_Alarms) May 27, 2019
The rapper began by saying she felt confident in GQ as a reputable magazine, therefore had no idea that something like this could happen. “Recently some outtakes from my 2016 GQ magazine cover were leaked to the public,” she explained. “A lot of high profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand etc covering their breasts etc. I always felt they were very beautiful covers, so I jumped at the opportunity.”
“I hadn’t seen other women’s covers leak so I felt comfortable (on a closed set) to model for such a reputable magazine knowing only the images with my hands covering would be considered for print,” she continued. “I never consented to taking topless pictures for potential release, period. It was my understanding BEFORE shooting, GQ do not print topless pictures. There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot. I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.”
Iggy then went on to say that she will be searching for someone to hold accountable for the leak. “I fully intended on finding out where the leak originated from and pressing criminal charges in regards to this. It’s important to me that someone actually be [sic] held accountable for their actions & the way it impacts my life,” she said.
“I don’t feel there is any where [sic] I can retreat to or that I have a ‘happy place’ I can wait in until it all blows over. Please think of how you might feel if the shoe was yours to wear,” she asked. “I have seen some really vicious sh*t written in the last 24 hours and it is too much negativity for me to handle. For now it’s best to keep my accounts deactivated.”
“Please be kinder to one another,” she added.
Since the statement, it appears that Iggy has stayed true to her word and deactivated her Instagram and Twitter accounts like so many celebs have done before her. Only time will tell how long she stays offline for.