Monday night (May 27), Iggy Azalea announced her break from social media after semi-nude outtakes from her 2016 GQ photo shoot leaked online.
In a now deleted post, the "Fancy" rapper took to her Instagram to release a statement in light of the unauthorized release:
“Recently some outtakes from my 2016 GQ magazine cover were leaked to the public,” she began. “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.”
She went on to explain her understanding of the GQ photoshoot as well. “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,” she explained. “It was my understanding BEFORE shooting [that] GQ do[es] not print topless pictures.”
"There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot, " Azalea continued, while expressing disappointment over the unpicked photos not being "immediately deleted," once they weren't selected for print.
Iggy went on to detail the various emotions resulting from her nudes going viral, and how the aftermath of the release not only affects her, but her loved ones as well.
“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," the "Sally Walker" artist stated.
[It] makes me feel like throwing up. If you’ve ever been humiliated before in front of family & those you care about maybe you can relate to what I’m going through. It’s like a nuclear bomb that explodes and not only destroys you emotionally, but leaves a path of destruction in your personal life, effecting your relationships & people who matter most too.”
The Ignorant Art artist went on to say that she plans to press criminal charges behind the person(s) behind the release.
"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 & the way it impacts my life," Iggy stated. She then closed out by detail her decision to deactivate her social media accounts, as well as offered up one last bit of advice to fans:
"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.
News of the leak comes just barely a week shy of the rapper's 29th birthday, as well as on the heels of her 2019 release for her upcoming EP, In My Defense.
While no official updates have been made yet from the publication in regards to how the photos made it to the public, the original photographer from the GQ shoot, Nina Munoz, released her own statement on the matter, and offered her support to the hip hop artist.
“I'm outraged and saddened to find out that images of mine were stolen and published without my permission. There is currently an investigation underway. Posting these stolen images is illegal and anyone who has done so will be prosecuted. I empathize with any discomfort that this situation has caused to anyone that is involved."
(Photo: Getty Images)