Technology can be a beautiful thing because it provides a connection between a celebrity and his or her fans, but in the wrong hands, technology can expose a star in ways they never intended. Unfortunately, these 15 celebs found themselves in the middle of nude photo scandals.
He may be Kim Kardashian’s man and baby daddy now but a few years ago, Kanye West was a single man on the prowl. Back in 2010 the “All of the Lights” rapper allegedly snapped a picture of his family jewels and sent it out to multiple women. West wasn’t completely unclothed in the photo. He had on a pair of boxers but his private part was provocatively exposed. The owner’s natural response was to shop the nude pics to various media outlets for the highest price.
Vanessa Hudgens was enjoying a sweet and wholesome career with her image as the bookworm teenage girl next door but the High School Musical star was suddenly seen as a grown woman when personal photos hit the internet. Hudgens, who was 18 years old at the time, was mortified when photos of her bare-skinned leaked. Hudgens released a statement to her fans apologizing for the lapse in judgment. “I want to apologize to my fans, whose support and trust means the world to me,” she said in a statement. “I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos. I am thankful for the support of my family and friends.”
Pop diva Rihanna is used to all of her business winding up in the media by now but back in 2009 she felt differently when nude photos of the “We Found Love” singer popped up on the internet. The cause of the leaked photos was rumored to be her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. During an interview on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, Rihanna said that was the worst thing that ever happened to her: “I just felt like my whole privacy was taken before that [by the injury photo] and then, when that came out, I thought, ‘Oh great, so now there’s nothing they don’t know about me and my private life.’ It was humiliating and it was embarrassing.”
Demi Lovato certainly has had it rough the past couple years. After enjoying success at a young age, the Disney star dropped out of the Jonas Brothers tour and checked herself into rehab to deal with physical and emotional issues in 2010. It was in treatment where Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disease. After a brief hiatus, Lovato returned to her busy work schedule which included a role as mentor on Fox’s “X Factor” but recently the star suffered another blow. Word leaked that several nude photos of Lovato are currently being shopped around to various media outlets for the highest bidder. The seller alleges to also have a photo of Lovato kissing another woman.
Never trust a woman scorned. In 2011, Chris Brown apparently broke the heart of an ex-flame because she shared an intimate photo of the R&B singer with the rest of the world. Fresh out of the shower one morning, Brown decided to take a snapshot of himself and sent it to his lady friend. The “Don’t Judge Me” singer addressed the incident during a radio interview and admitted he took the photo himself and was not ashamed of his body. This could have been an act of karma because Brown was rumored to have leaked an unclothed photo of ex-girlfriend Rihanna a few years earlier.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Nicole “Snook” Polizzi became an instant celebrity thanks to her hard-partying, club hopping behavior on MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and the pint-sized star has had her share of embarrassing moments. In 2010, someone anonymously posted an au naturel photo of the reality star on the website NakedSnooki.com. A few years later, another unclothed picture popped up. Polizzi’s rep released a statement saying, “Clearly these are old and personal photos that were not meant for the public. It’s a shame someone decided to leak them for obvious personal gain.”
Former Cheetah Girls member Adrienne Bailon was a victim twice when her laptop was stolen a few years ago. Someone grabbed the laptop out of the singer’s baggage at JFK International Airport. After paying a grand in ransom money to have her property returned but a few days later, nude photos that were on the laptop ended up on the internet. Not one to be victimized, Bailon has filed a lawsuit over the leaked nude photos, which were meant for the eyes of then-boyfriend Robert Kardashian.
Back in 2008, Kanye West had tongues wagging when he started showing up to events with a curvaceous girlfriend with a blonde buzz cut. Amber Rose would become an instant star and although her relationship with the Chicago rapper ended, Rose remained in the limelight. A few years ago, the Philadelphia native made headlines, but for the wrong reasons. A trusted employee leaked a photo of a nude Rose playing with herself that immediately went viral. Rose was devastated because not only was she embarrassed, she also lost a business deal with a client who no longer wanted to be associated with her.
He may be an almost married man and father of six children now but before Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt was a family man, he was an eligible bachelor letting it all hang out. Almost 20 years ago, a photographer caught the World War Z star sunbathing in nothing but his birthday suit. The photos were illegally sold to Playgirl magazine who promptly published the skin pics. Pittt sued the publishing company and a judge ordered Playgirl to stop all deliveries of the issue with the unclothed Pitt inside.
Actress Scarlett Johansson was trying to keep things spicy in her marriage to then-husband Ryan Reynolds a few years ago but her privacy was violated when someone hacked her emails and found unclothed photos of the Monster star. Johansson wasn’t the only Hollywood star who was hacked; more than 50 stars were also victims, including Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera. As a result of an FBI investigation, authorities arrested the hacker. Last December, 35-year-old Christopher Chaney was sentenced to ten years in federal prison.
Vanessa L. Williams
In 1984, Vanessa L. Williams made history by becoming the first Black woman to be named Miss America but her historic moment was soon marred by scandal. Photos of an unclad Williams posing with another young woman were published in Penthouse magazine prompting pageant officials to take back the crown. Williams lost $2 million in endorsement deals but at the time all she was worried about was what her parents would say. The “Ugly Betty” star re-launched a career in acting and singing has gone on to become one of the most successful Miss America winners.
Before she became a socialite and a reality television star, Paris Hilton was the star of her own sex tape. Hilton’s night of passion with an ex-boyfriend became one of the best-selling celebrity sex tapes ever. A few years after 1 Night In Paris was released, Hilton had to relive a similar horror when her cell phone was stolen. Dozens of racy photos of Hilton were leaked along with her contact list, which included the names, emails and numbers of numerous celebrities.
Pregnancy and motherhood can make a woman feel sexay and that must be how Jessica Alba was feeling when she snapped a few unclothed shots of herself while she was pregnant with her first daughter Honor. Unfortunately for Alba, she was a victim of hacking and the photos meant for husband Cash Warren ended up being for the whole world. The same hacker who violated Alba’s privacy also victimized over 50 other celebrities. As a result of an FBI investigation, Christopher Chaney was sentenced to ten years.
Fall Out Boy is finally back together onstage after a four -year hiatus but before the group went on a sabbatical, bassist Pete Wentz took a little break of his own after a nude photo scandal. In 2005, a photo of Wentz’ genitals ended up on the website OhNoTheyDidnt.com. Wentz admitted that he handled the leaked photos “pretty terribly for the first 48 hours” and even decided to quit Fall Out Boy. “But then what I realized is that it’s not the worst thing on the planet that’s ever gonna happen,” he said.
Cassie may or may not still be in a relationship with Sean “Diddy” Combs but back in 2009 after a few topless photos of the singer surfaced, everyone saw what Cassie was working with. Keeping it all in stride, Cassie addressed the issue in a statement: “The recent personal pictures that have been leaked on the internet of me were hacked and stolen out of my computer. These photos were obviously never intended for the world to see and it’s sad that people would really take time to steal and post them, it’s just evil. At the end of the day breasts are breasts, mine weren’t the first you’ve seen and they won’t be the last … people need to grow up, let’s move on. Thank you.”