When it comes to your own private photos, everyone has some that they would rather not have exposed to the world. When you’re a celebrity, your privacy is something that is constantly being put in jeopardy. The 15 musicians on this list have all had their bodies exposed on the internet, but all through no fault of their own. These are some of the most successful musicians in the world, and some of them also just happen to be actresses as well. That being said, if they’ve released a song or shown they can sing, and also had photos where they show off even more, they earned a spot. Either way, I assure you that they are also all incredibly attractive, which made their explicit photos all the bigger deal. For two women on this list, they’ve had their private photos released multiple times throughout the years. You think they would learn to protect their privacy, but it is easier said than done. For another, it was not photos she had to worry about but a full on sex-tape.
While you may be clicking through this in hopes of seeing some of your favorites (like Miley and Rihanna), there are also 2 incredibly prominent male musicians who had their male members out on display for the world to see.
Included is a description not only of who the person is, but a brief description of what types of photos of them were released. While they all had some form of nudity, some avoided having things like their breasts be exposed, whereas others had over 15 photos release that leave little to the imagination. No matter who your favorite is, here are 16 stars who had their privacy seriously compromised.
16. Hayley Williams
Hayley Williams is the lead singer of the band Paramore, but there was no singing her way out of this mess. Williams had a photo tweet out from her account in which she is seen topless and looking at the camera. I suppose there is no denying it when it comes from your personal feed. As you can imagine, being hacked is an incredibly violating experience, but Williams was overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that was shown by her fanbase.
Shortly after the incident she tweeted out “Thank you so much for all the support. Overwhelming. Today is a new day. Gonna keep my head up high.”
15. Rihanna (2009)
Rihanna has unfortunately made this list twice because she has had two very distinct moments in her life in which she has had naked photos released of her. The first that we are going to talk about came in 2009. Cellphone photos were leaked of Rihanna shortly after she broke up with Chris Brown (who the photos were clearly intended for). Talk about adding insult on top of an already tough and public breakup. The photo also revealed Rihanna’s pierced ‘assets’, furthering the embarrassment for the young music star.
She went on record stating “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.”
14. Adrienne Bailon
Adrienne is best known for being one of the founders of the musical groups 3LW and The Cheetah Girls. While neither group is still making music, they combined to sell roughly 5.6 million albums worldwide. Adrienne may also be a familiar name to you because of her past relationship with Rob Kardashian (and love them or not, everyone at the very least is aware of the Kardashians!). But prior to Kardashian, she was part of some leaked photos that made their way on the internet in 2008. Unlike many people on this list, her breasts are not shown. Instead, she is seen bending over and showing her bare booty while wearing a bra.
13. Miley Cyrus
There is absolutely no shortage of naked photos of Miley Cyrus out there on the internet. One of the first incidents of nudity occurred back in 2008 when a hacker leaked some naked photos of Miley. Since then, we’ve seen Miley with a joint, Miley with bubbles, drunk Miley and many more poses. I suppose she just wanted really hard to shed that Disney girl image! That’s not to say she isn’t a talented artist – just ask my girlfriend, “Wrecking Ball” is my jam – but her musical ability is hardly what you read about when you Google the name Miley Cyrus.
Trina has been working in the industry since 1998 releasing 5 albums and has been described as being one of the most consistent female rappers in the industry. She has also been recognized by Billboard as being one of the most influential female rap artists of all time. One thing she was not happy to be recognized for was her naked photos which she claims were stolen off her phone when she attended a BET awards show in October. The hacker apparently attempted to extort money out of Trina, and when she refused the photos were released. Trina ended up stating that while some of the private photos released (including one of a rash) were her, the nudes were fake. The matter was eventually brought to the attention of the FBI.
11. Paris Hilton
Does Paris count as a musician? I hate to say it, but her song “Stars are Blind” definitely has the ability to get stuck in your head for an annoyingly long period of time. Being a musician honestly just seemed like another thing for Paris to do; she has also been an actress, author, and has even spent time as a DJ. Paris has had a few nude photos of her leaked in the past (on top of her sex tape), including some photos in which she is kissing a female friend. There is another photo out there of Paris on a yacht in which her bathing suit is being pulled open. No matter what career path she takes next, it’s clear Paris always keeps it classy!
If you can think back to 2006, you can probably remember the song “Me & U” which was released by Cassie. Her album (which contained that song) reached number 4 on the Billboard hot 100. On top of individual success, Cassie has partnered with Akon and Lil Wayne in the past. One look at Cassie and it is clear she is gorgeous, which is why you should not be surprised to learn that she has also spent some time as a model. While Cassie is also no stranger to being in front of a movie camera, her musical roots prove she’s not afraid to drop a beat. Unfortunately for her, her nude photos were what was ‘dropped’ on the internet. While Cassie has shaved her head in the past, she is sporting her beautiful long dark hair in the photos. One thing she was not sporting was a shirt!
9. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande was one of the biggest names to have her photos leaked during the iCloud scandal back in 2014. Several photos of Grande made the internet, including one in which she is cupping her breasts and another in which she is showing off her backside in the mirror. While neither shows her face clearly, the latter photo shows Grande’s cat in the photo, leading to people to confirm that it was indeed Grande in the photo. A third photo showed off an unfortunate tan line, proving that even stars are not immune to the sun!
8. Chris Brown
Wait, what? All those sexy ladies I’ve been throwing your way and then a dude, and not even a good looking one at that! Photos of Brown were released in 2015 after he allegedly upset a former adult star escort he had paid $2,500 for. While Brown never made an official statement, the photo shows him standing in front of a mirror, and given his amount of tattoos it’s pretty hard to deny that it was him. At least he gets to be unique as he’s one of the few males to have his nude photos leaked, but I won’t blame you if you don’t go Googling.
7. Amber Rose
Considering Amber Rose is a former stripper, you should perhaps not be surprised to find out that she had several naked photos of herself on her personal property. On top of this, Rose has also attempted to make it as a musical artist, releasing the track “Fame” in 2012 that featured Wiz Khalifa. Amber may best be known for appearing in several musical videos, as well as having high-profile relationships with Kanye West, Wiz, and currently with NBA star Terrence Ross. When asked about how the nude photos came to light, Rose stated “I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times, I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately.”
The photos were arguably the most graphic of any musician on this list and included several photos of Rose having some ‘personal time’ for the camera (which, shockingly, she was naked for).
6. Leighton Meester
Leighton may be known for her acting roles, but she is also no stranger to the music studio. She has been featured on the song “Good Girls Go Bad” and also released two singles of her own. In 2014, her debut album was released and it featured 9 songs that were all written by Meester. Unlike some of the people on this list who had photos leaked, for Meester, it was a sex-tape that was the face of her scandal. While the tape never saw the light of day due to lawyer intervention, explicit screen caps sure did!
5. Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer is another beautiful person on this list that has dabbled in both the acting and the musical world. Her main album, So Uncool, was released in 2008 but failed to have a significant impact in the musical world. Keke has found far more success acting, including being the current lead of a Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP. There were not many photos of Palmer released, but one identifying mark just happened to be the tattoo that she had that ran across the bottom of her breast. Talk about making it hard to deny that it is you in the photos!
4. Hayden Panettiere
Hayden may be a fantastic actress, but it turns out she has a set of pipes as well. I mean heck, her last show, Nashville was a country music show and required her to record songs for the albums! Several compromising photos of Hayden have been released, but none that show much explicit nudity. Hayden has been nude but covered her breasts with bubbles, towels, boyfriend hugs and even her own hands. It’s almost like she is always prepared to keep some coverage. That being said, there was a photo of Hayden that got leaked where she was openly showing off her ‘downstairs’.
3. Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens could take up multiple spots on this list due to a number of times she’s had personal photos leaked. The first happened back in 2007 when she was romantically involved with Zac Efron. The photos show Vanessa in various states of undress, including one fully nude.
In 2009, 19 photos of Vanessa were released to the world. These included various shots of her naked in a bathtub and taken with a selfie pose. 3 more photos made their way to the internet in 2011, but her lawyer claimed they were taken at the same time as the 2009 set. Last but not least, new photos of Vanessa hit the internet in 2014 as part of the iCloud scandal. Vanessa may be known for her time on High School Musical, but she has also released an album, Identified , which came out in 2008.
2. Kanye West
While people may be more excited about seeing racy photos of his wife, Kanye definitely has his own experience with the matter. The incident occurred back in 2010, and while you can imagine having naked photos released would upset him, when he was asked about it, he was just sad at the angle of the photos, saying “You cannot imagine how disappointed I was how I got cut off…Were there any ladies commenting? My email did go kind of crazy. I was getting all types of random emails out the blue — a lot of emails, a lot of inboxes.”
Along with the photo of Kanye’s ‘manhood’, there was a photo of him topless and wearing just his sunglasses…because you know, that’s sexy, right?
1. Rihanna (2014)
You know about Rihanna’s first run-in with leaks, but she was also unable to avoid the iCloud scandal and over 15 photos of the singer were published for the world back in 2014. The photos show Rihanna in various states of undress, including in a fishnet bodysuit that just happens to be see-through. While we were unable to track down an official statement on how she felt about the 2014 leaks, you can imagine she was less than thrilled. Rihanna has also openly posed naked for Lui magazine, but it is definitely a lot better when you have control over the naked photos being released.