When celebrities get ahead of blackmailers

These celebrities found a quick solution when they were blackmailed: exposing themselves first.

Some celebrities are quick to jump into legal action

With their high profile lifestyles, blockbuster paychecks, and status in Hollywood, celebrities are often the easiest targets for extortion and blackmail.


In January 2020, YouTuber NikkieTutorials / Nikkie de Jager revealed she is transgender —because she was being blackmailed by someone who knew. NikkieTutorials has amassed over 12 million subscribers since she started making makeup tutorials in 2008.

David Letterman

In 2009, the Late Show host was the victim of a $2 million extortion plan in which he was threatened with the revealing of affairs he'd had with female employees on his show. Letterman decided to admit to his affairs — directly to his audience.

Jeff Bezos

The Amazon founder published emails from lawyers for the publisher of the National Enquirer — which was threatening to leak compromising photos of the billionaire unless he did as they asked. The photos didn't actually come out.


The Australian singer was threatened by online trolls that a nude photo of hers was up for sale. In November 2017, she fought back by releasing the picture herself. The image is watermarked with a "client preview" stamp on it, but is also accompanied with a message from the seller of the image.

Whitney Cummings

In April 2019, the comic accidentally posted an Instagram story showing her nipple — then quickly deleted it. Viewers who took screen grabs threatened her with publishing the image —unless she paid them. Cummings took to Twitter to denounce them. She also talked about it on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Bella Thorne

In June 2019, the actress posted her own nudes — after a hacker threatened to leak them. Thorne shared screenshots of texts from the alleged hacker with the images to her Twitter. Her decision to post the nudes was polarizing.


01/15/2020 10:42 PM
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  • Rebecca B.
    03/04/2020 14:13

    Im shook

  • Sandie L.
    02/27/2020 20:37

    I think that this was a brilliant way to handle this. I

  • Kailasa's N.
    02/27/2020 01:44

    Nikkie seems like an amazing being...but I personally think she should have been more open with her audience instead of keeping it bottled up inside. It would have been so much easier for her.

  • Johnny S.
    02/23/2020 18:27

    An iconic trans queen

  • Nathaniel V.
    02/19/2020 18:47

    she didnt expose herself, she came out.

  • Josh S.
    02/18/2020 16:33

    All yall trans people. Complaining how yall want us to accept you when you cant even accept yourselves 😂😂😂😂

  • Yolandi F.
    02/16/2020 04:53

    So sad. It was no ones business. Ppl can be so damm cruel. Glad she came out on top of it.

  • Adriana S.
    02/10/2020 02:29

    Who really cares? she is beautiful that's it😍

  • Isabel D.
    02/07/2020 23:44

    Seriously how could you not tell

  • Leslie S.
    02/07/2020 18:53

    "Which means ... I am... transgender..." lmaooo will I'm rich so dont call me female

  • Patricia V.
    02/07/2020 17:06

    Your beautiful 😃

  • Rhiannon R.
    02/06/2020 07:47

    omg I knew that girl releases some secret but I didn’t know THAT was it

  • Belcalis A.
    02/06/2020 04:28

    Lydiá Agnes

  • Sienna S.
    02/05/2020 22:15

    Who didn't know she was born a man!? I think its cute she thought nobody knew. Silly rabbit

  • Sharnekia R.
    02/05/2020 04:02

    I honestly would have know but wouldnt have gave af but i would have been tight if i was her boyfriend who she didnt even tell thats wrong but she said when he find out he was ok with it

  • Natalia S.
    02/05/2020 03:53


  • Kiahya G.
    02/04/2020 01:58

    Listen y'all Women can have "manly" features and that doesn't mean any of you have the right to assume or think you know something.

  • Yadi Y.
    02/01/2020 10:05

    Wowww I did not kno she was a transgender

  • Dominique G.
    01/31/2020 21:16

    What’s the song?

  • Teya C.
    01/30/2020 14:11

    Im starting to think she is dragging this out🙄