Iggy Azalea is feeling “blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things” after topless photos of her were leaked online. The shots are outtakes from a 2016 GQ Australia photoshoot in which the rapper was meant to be tastefully nude without actually exposing herself. Azalea posted a lengthy response to the incident on Twitter, but has since deactivated her social media accounts.
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
In her statement, Azalea explains that she did not consent to being photographed fully topless and the nude outtakes were never meant to be posted or even retained after the final shots were selected. She also described the online abuse and harassment she’s been subjected to since the photos were leaked.
“A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things further and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body has honestly disturbed me,” she wrote. “The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming & makes me feel like throwing up.”
She announced that she would be leaving social media for the time being since the comments directed at her have resulted in “too much negativity for me to handle.” She added that she plans to pursue legal action.
“I fully intend on finding out where the leak originated from and pressing criminal charges in regards to this,” she wrote. “It’s important to me that someone be held accountable for their actions & the way it impacts my life.”
“Please be kinder to one another,” she signed off.