The internet hasn’t humbled humanity, it has made us more self-centred than ever. And the proof is in the selfie. Not only has the word made its way into the dictionary, we’d bet you can’t scroll through your Instagram feed without seeing a few, whether it’s of a friend or your favorite celebrity. Some of the most famous selfies are taken, naturally, by celebrities. Take Ellen Degeneres’ selfie from the Oscars, which featured a slew of celebs and just so happened to simultaneously crash Twitter and broke the record for most retweets ever, coming in at over two million in two hours. Although this particular selfie was famously viewed by practically all of America, not all celebrity selfies are meant to be seen. They’re the ones that are taken behind closed doors, stored safely away on phones or laptops, until someone hacks into them, that is. While some of these racy selfies might just be speculation, denied fervently by reps, here’s 10 of the most scandalous celebrity selfies, that just so happened to get leaked.
10) Hayley Williams
In 2010, over 600, 000 of Hayley Williams’ Twitter followers got a surprise when a topless photo of the Paramore singer was posted to her account. It was taken down just moments after, with the singer claiming her account got hacked. Shortly after the leaked photo, Williams tweeted, “Pretty much my day has consisted of folding and organizing clothes. You aren’t gonna believe this…. but… I have a whole lot of shirts.”
9) Scarlett Johansson
In 2011, Scarlett Johansson’s personal email account was hacked and topless photos of the actress were leaked online. The hacker? Christopher Chaney, who also got into the phones of Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail in December 2012. As for the photos, Johansson said they were for her then-husband, Ryan Reynolds. She told Vanity Fair, “I know my best angles.”
Pop star, Cassie had her computer hacked in 2009 and the private photos she had saved found their way online. Rather than denying they were her, Cassie owned up to the photos, writing on her blog, “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.” We’d say she handled the situation rather well.
7) Kat Dennings
In 2010, topless photos of Kat Dennings were leaked online, but didn’t really go viral until the actress was more of a household name, thanks to the popular series, 2 Broke Girls. So in 2012, the photos re-surfaced with a new buzz, putting Dennings on the map. The leaked photos were reportedly taken from her cell phone and the actress pursued legal action against the hacker.
6) Blake Lively
Though Lively’s reps absolutely deny that the leaked selfies of the Gossip Girl star are real, we’ll let you decide. In May 2011, several nude photos of someone looking eerily similar to the actress found their way to the web; some of which show Lively’s face (Photoshop?), others that don’t. Her reps immediately denied them, saying “The photos of Blake Lively which have just surfaced on various websites are 100 percent FAKE. Blake has never taken nude photos of herself.” The hacker didn’t seem to like that, and subsequently released more photos of the actress with the caption, “Oh, yes, Blake’s rep. These are totally fake. We really, really believe you. Want moar? BTW, thanks for all the faps.” So, you decide. Were the scandalous selfies of Lively fake?
5) Jessica Alba
The now mother of two gorgeous children, Jessica Alba, took some questionable cellphone pics back in 2010, when she was pregnant with her first daughter, Honor. She appeared to expose more than just her growing baby bump in the photos, which, of course, got leaked online.
Though we’re pretty sure that everyone has seen Rihanna nude by now, she too had cell phone selfies leaked online, allegedly done by her once-boyfriend, Chris Brown. The incident happened in 2009 and Rihanna shamelessly responded: “They were for my boyfriend at the time. If you don’t send your boyfriend naked pictures, then I feel bad for him.”
3) Vanessa Hudgens
The long-time Disney star has had nude selfies leaked not just once, but three times before. The first incident happened in 2007, and Hudgen’s publicly stated her embarrassment for the situation and regret for ever having taking the photos. But she seemingly didn’t learn her lesson. In 2009, more photos of the actress topless were leaked online. She told Allure magazine, “Whenever anybody asks me, would I do nudity in a film, if I say that it’s something I’m not comfortable with, they’re like, ‘Bullshit, you’ve already done it.’ If anything, it makes it more embarrassing, because that was a private thing. It’s screwed up that someone screwed me over like that. At least some people are learning from my mistake.” But even after the second incident, it was reported that even more photos of Hudgens were leaked online in 2011.
2) Ashley Greene
In 2009, topless selfies of Ashley Greene, the Twilight star, emerged online. Although some of the celebrities on this list seemed fairly embarrassed of their leaked nude photo incidents, it didn’t seem to be the case for Greene. She told Allure magazine, “One of my family members said to me, ‘Ashley, everyone does it. You’re just famous.'”
1) Emma Stone
While the nude mirror selfie going around the web sure looks like Emma Stone, The Amazing Spiderman actress firmly denies it’s her. She’s told interviewers she’d never even do a nude scene in a movie, so a nude photo would make for a pretty big scandal. But who knows, maybe it was for boyfriend and co-star, Andrew Garfield. You can decide for yourself if the photo of Stone is real or just really fake.