Madison Beer on feeling “powerless” when her teenage nudes were leaked

Madison Beer, who rose to fame in 2012 after Justin Bieber shared one of her YouTube videos, had recently opened up about the distressing impact of having her nudes leaked in 2014 when she was just 15. Without her consent, a series of disturbing videos were leaked online, some from when Madison was only 13. She finally addressed the traumatic incident in 2020 on International Women’s Day, revealing that having her private videos leaked by someone she knew was “a traumatizing experience.”

During an interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast, Madison shared how the incident has affected her even after almost a decade. She stated that it’s a painful memory that she will never be able to shake off. As soon as she learned about the leak, she knew the videos would end up online. Madison quickly went into “crisis mode,” unable to believe what was happening.

The clips eventually went viral on social media platforms like Twitter and Vine, leaving Madison powerless. She desperately tried to get them deleted, contacting the person who posted them and begging them to remove the content, but they blocked her instead. Madison then spent every dollar she had earned on clearing and scrubbing the videos from the internet.

It wasn’t until years later that Madison realized she was the victim in this situation. Throughout it all, she felt powerless and even attempted suicide. Madison shared that many girls have committed suicide over similar incidents and revealed that she was even blackmailed over the nudes. The traumatic experience weighed heavily on her for years.

Looking forward, Madison hopes that social media can protect other girls from experiencing the same trauma that she went through. She remains optimistic that the internet would protect a 14- or 15-year-old girl who had something similar happen to them. Despite the ongoing emotional impact, Madison continues to speak out and raise awareness of the dangers of cyberbullying and online harassment.

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