Australian rapper Iggy Azalea deactivated her Twitter and Instagram after topless photos of her leaked on Sunday. The “Sally Walker” singer is keeping a low profile as she feels “embarrassed, violated” by the incident.
The photos are reportedly outtakes from a GQ cover shoot from 2016. Iggy Azalea (born Amethyst Kelly) explained this in a statement:
“Recently some outtakes from my 2016 GQ magazine cover were leaked to the public. 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. 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,” wrote Azalea in a now deleted statement. “I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.”
“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.”
Iggy Azalea also states that she intends to take legal action against whoever leaked the n**e photos.
“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 held accountable for their actions and the way it impacts my life.”
On the “vile” reactions she received from commentators, she said,
“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 and makes me feel like throwing up.”
Meanwhile, the officially-sanctioned photos from the shoot with GQ were a birthday gift for her plastic surgeon Dr Ashkan Ghavami. He is the doctor who performed a b****t augmentation. Dr Ashkan had previously shared the topless photo with carefully placed emojis on the singer’s chest on his Instagram.
According to GQ,
“The signed photograph is one of only two in existence, and was not featured in the final selection as published in the GQ Australia Men of the Year issue last month.”