Rapper Iggy Azalea shut down her Instagram and Twitter accounts on Monday, May 27 after nude photos of her leaked all over the internet — which left her feeling extremely violated.
The singer claimed in a now-deleted statement that the topless pictures that surfaced online over the weekend were from a 2016 GQ magazine photo shoot.
“There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot,” she wrote. “I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.”
The photos that were published on GQ Australia’s site were more covered up, so Iggy said that she felt comfortable posing topless — not thinking that the private pictures would eventually be leaked.
“A lot of high profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand, etc, covering their breasts,” she explained. “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 [my breasts] would be considered for print.”
The star went on to explain how upset she is that someone released these pictures without her consent.
“I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things,” the 28-year old wrote. “Not solely because I did not consent to this — but also because of the vile way people have reacted.”
After seeing many negative comments, the “Fancy” singer deactivated her social media accounts for the time being.
“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 concluded in her social media statement.
Not only did Iggy say in her statement that she intends on “pressing criminal charges in regards to this,” but the photographer who handled the GQ photo shoot, Nino Munoz, took to Instagram on Monday to address the scandal as well.
We’re glad Iggy is taking a break from all the negatively online during this time.
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