Afrobeats star, Tiwa Savage has revealed she is being blackmailed over a sex tape but says she won’t pay.
She said the video was accidentally posted on Snapchat by her lover who deleted it after he realized his error but it had already been downloaded by a stalker.
She said she cried when she first saw the video and feared the reaction.
Savage, 41, is signed to Universal Music Group. She is famous for songs such as Kele Kele and Eminado and was part of Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records, where she was known as First Lady.
She told radio host, Angie Martinez of Power 105.1 in New York “I am not going to call it a sex tape but it’s a tape between me and the person I am dating right now,”.
She revealed that the incident happened last month and that the person tried extorting money from her but that she was not going to allow anyone to blackmail her “for doing something that is natural”.
She said “I am that crazy I could put it out myself – you are not making any money off me,”
She is currently in the US where she is promoting her latest album Water and Garri, which has collaborations with US stars such as Brandy and Nas.
She remained calm through the interview but said she was going through internal turmoil, and that she could not sleep when she first received the video on Wednesday.
She says she was worried about how she would be perceived by her fans, friends and family but that she was not going to give in to extortion.
Savage was married to artist manager, Tunji “Teebillz” Balogun in 2013 but she filed for divorce in 2018 after the pair publicly fell out two years earlier over accusations of infidelity.
They have a six-year-old son and Savage says she is worried about the impact the video could have on him and her mother.
Editing by Omotola Oguneye