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Madison Beer refuses to be shamed for private pictures leaked when she was 14


Madison has opened up on a traumatising experience (Picture: JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Madison Beer refuses to be shamed over private pictures which were leaked when she was just 14.

The Dear Society singer penned a powerful open letter on International Women’s Day, revealing that the same body who leaked nude images of her when she was a teenager was threatening to do so again.

And the 21-year-old has called for women to be kinder to themselves and to forgive themselves for ‘mistakes’ made when they were younger.

Madison wrote: ‘I know there are some very signifcant things happening in the world right now that are very frightening so my intention with this message is not, in any way, to distract from them, but I do wanna talk today on International Women’s Day on the subject of shaming women.

‘When I was around 14 and exploring my body and sexuality, I sent very private Snapchats of my body to a boy I really liked at the time. I sent these, at 14, thinking I could trust the boy as we had known each other for years & shared feelings for one and other [sic] but of course he shared it with all of his friends.

‘Eventually, that video was sent and shared by everyone (it felt like) in the entire world. I’d walk in to restaurants and be stared at and whispered about, I was told people were ashamed to be working, or even friends with me, these videos were even shown to my parents, grandparents, and significant people, executives, and artists in the music business. It eventually surfaced online.

‘I was distraught and ashamed. This was a traumatising experience that has instilled intense trust issues in me, that I’m still working on to this day.’

She continued: ‘This week on my 21st birthday I got calls from a few people close to me saying that another video, from 2013, sent to the same boy 7 years ago, was being sent around once again.

‘If only I could express the trauma and shame this has reopened for me. All these years I’ve had perpetual anxiety. I’ve been in the dark and fearful of this Snapchat re emerging as if it was a dirty secret that I’ll always have to keep, because I was told it would damage my career and wasn’t okay.

‘So today, on IWD I am going to free myself of this weight I carry. I am going to tell my 14 year old self the following which I hope may help some of you be kinder to yourselves as young women.

Madison’s 21st birthday was marred by claims the same man was circulating old images (Picture: OGUT/Star Max/GC Images)

‘”You should not feel shame. You were exploring your sexuality, you were learning. You should not feel like you did something wrong. Shame on those who betrayed your trust & SHAME ON THOSE WHO SHAMED YOU.”

‘Throughout this journey I’ve learned an extremely valuable lesson and by talking about this openly I can finally free myself of the fear and shame that has followed me for the past 7 years. Now I can begin to move closer towards being the young woman I want to be.’

Madison concluded: ‘Own your mistakes as a young women learning about the world [sic]. Don’t let them define you. Don’t let them keep you in fear. Stay safe.

Madison was just 14 when the leak occurred (Picture: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

‘To all the people reading this, this happy international women’s day.

‘Love always, Madison, 21, always learning.’

The singer’s fans praised her for being so open about her experience, as well as calling for the person who spread the pictures to be punished.

Madison later tweeted: ‘being vulnerable online is extremely hard & scary for me but u guys have made me feel so comfortable & welcomed. thank u for the response on my recent. i hope in the future as i start sharing more of my personal experiences & struggles they can help heal some people including me.’

She also posted her statement to Instagram, alongside a black and white picture of an anti-sexism protest.

On this post, Demi Lovato was among the well-wishers, commenting: ‘Proud of you and this. I relate ? you’re so strong and thank you for this.’

And Madison’s mum Tracie wrote: ‘You’re such an inspiration. I really hope that this helps other females that have been in similar situations.’

Madison first shot to fame as a 13-year-old, when Justin Bieber shared her cover of Etta James’ At Last.

He personally signed her to Island Records, with Madison going on to work with the Biebs and Cody Simpson.

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