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When actress Bella Thorne was recently threatened by a hacker after he allegedly stole her private photos, she decided to deal with it in a powerful way. Over the weekend, the actress posted a lengthy note online explaining how she has decided to take control of the situation.
"For the last 24 hours, I have been threatened with my own nudes, " she wrote. "I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see. He has sent me multiple nude photos of other celebs, he won't stop with me or them, he'll just keep going."
The actress, who is currently promoting her autobiographical book, The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: A Mental Disarray, also described how she spent the past 24 hours agonizing over the pictures. "So here fuck u, for the last 24 hours I've been crying instead of celebrating my book while doing my book press, she said. "Oh yea, the fbi will be at your house, shortly, so watch. Your. Mother. Fuckin. Back."
Ending it with a snappy caption, Thorne wrote: "Fuck u and the power u think you have over me. I'm gonna write about this in my next book. Here's the photos he's been threatening me with, in other words here's my boobies."
Fans too were extremely supportive and responded with positive messages congratulating the celebrity for dealing with the situation head on.
"Babe dont let them control you. We are all here for you. We got you. Karma will find its way," one user wrote. "You took the power back from this piece of shit. That's real strength. I love you," another added.
Over the years, threatening celebrities by hacking into their private photos has emerged as a disturbing and sickening trend. Many including likes of Jennifer Lawrence, however, have been extremely vocal about it.
"Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this," Lawrence told Vanity Fair in a 2014 interview. "It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting."
In addition to becoming more commonplace, this extremely vile practice has also led to an uptick in the public slut-shaming of female celebrities. In Thorne's case, this unfortunate rhetoric came from Whoopi Goldberg, who questioned why the former Disney star took those photos in the first place during The View's "Hot Topics" segment, saying "if you're famous, I don't care how old you are, you don't take nude pictures of yourself."
However, Thorne hit back at Goldberg's comments the next day by telling the talk show host that she already felt "pretty disgusting... knowing that everyone's seen my shit."
"And I just want to say that me watching this interview made me feel bad about myself," Thorne said in the emotional Instagram video. "I hope you're happy. I really do. I hope you're so fucking happy." Goldberg has yet to respond.
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