Iggy Azalea Breaks Silence Following Nude Photo Leak: ‘I Feel Like Throwing Up’
After deleting her social media, the 28-year-old rapper momentarily returned to Twitter to break her silence regarding the topless photos that began circulating the web over the weekend. Azalea confirmed the images were, in fact, taken during a GQ Australia photo shoot a few years.
"Recently some outtakes from my 2016 GQ magazine cover were leaked to the public," she wrote. "A lot of high profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand ect 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," Azalea continued. "I never consented to taking topless pictures for potential release, period.
"It was my understanding BEFORE shooting, GQ do not print topless pictures," she added.
The "Fancy" hitmaker later went on to say she feels "blindsided embarrassed, violated, angry, sad, and a million other things," calling the moment she found out about the leak “like a nuclear bomb" that "destroys you emotionally but leaves a path of destruction in your personal life.”
"Not solely because I didn't consent to this—but also because of the vile way people have reacted," she wrote. "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 had honestly disturbed me. The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming & makes me feel like throwing up."
She said she fully intends to find those responsible for the leak, adding that she will be pressing criminal charges against them.
Read Iggy Azalea's full statement below:
The photographer who took Azalea's nude photos, Nino Munoz, also addressed the leak, apologizing to anyone who has been affected and revealing that the GQ images were stolen from him.
"I'm outraged and saddened to find out that images of mine were stolen and published without my permission," wrote on Instagram, before adding that there's "currently an investigation underway."