Madison took to social media and penned a meaningful message to fans about her “traumatic” nude photo scandal in March 2020. When she was 14 years old, Madison alleged that a boy released “very private Snapchats” that she had sent him. The singer got real about the shame and “anxiety” she felt after suffering from this experience.
“I know there are some very significant things happening in the world right now that are very frightening so my intention with this message is not, in any way, to distract from them, but I do wanna talk today on International Women’s Day on the subject of shaming women,” Madison shared in a lengthy message posted on Twitter. “When I was around 14 and exploring my body and sexuality, I sent very private Snapchats of my body to a boy I really liked at the time.”
She continued, “I was distraught and ashamed. This was a traumatizing experience that has instilled intense trust issues in me, that I’m still working on to this day.”
The songstress then explained that she decided to share her story on International Women’s Day as a way to help young people “be kinder to yourselves” and to “free myself of this weight I carry.” Madison also claimed that this all came after she allegedly received phone calls saying the same boy from seven years ago had attempted, once again, to share another intimate video of her online.
During an April 2023 appearance on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast, Madison explained how “traumatizing” the situation was for her, especially being a minor at the time.
“It was so, so hard for so long, and I felt like the whole world had seen the video, and this is also the beginning of having real trigger-able PTSD from the situation,” she shared.
The 5 Seconds of Summer bassist was involved in a nude photo scandal in 2014. After a Snapchat video of him circulated online, he responded via Twitter.
“Least ya know what it looks like now,” he wrote. Then added, “I’m still just a teenage kid learning from mistakes.”
In August 2017, Variety reported that Selena Gomez‘s Instagram had been hacked and the hacker reposted nude photos of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. The pictures were first released in the New York Daily News in 2015 after the then couple took a trip to Bora Bora. The singer then responded to the leak in an interview with Access Hollywood and said he felt “super violated.”
“Like, I feel like I can’t step outside and feel like I can go outside naked,” he said. “Like, you should feel comfortable in your own space … especially that far away.”
The Hollywood Reporter also reported that the time that Justin’s team sent a cease and desist letter to the New York Daily News and demanded that the photos were removed from the website.