Sexy songstress, Tiffany born Tiffany Owusu Hayden has shed off a bitter and traumatizing experience the year 2011 brought her after nude pictures of her were circulated on the internet during the latter part of 2011.
The pictures popped up after she was attacked by armed robbers at her home some months ago, where her money, jewelry, television sets, cloths and other personal items including her blackberry phone, which had the pictures, were stolen.
She later received a phone call from blackmailers who informed her that they’ve her phone which contained nude pictures of her and will release them if she does not pay them. They initially demanded US$40,000 dollars which Tiffany bargained to about US$15,000.
Five suspects, all Nigerians students in Ghana, suspected to be linked to the blackmailing scheme, were arrested by the police and arraigned before court. The case is still pending and the said phone is currently with the police.
The Fake London Boy singer told Myjoyonline.com in an interview in December that 2011 has been a tough year for her adding, “to be a celebrity you have to know that there is going to be good things, there is going to be bad things, you can’t just accept the good ones, you have to be able to embrace the good and the bad so I have grown to get used to it.”
“You being a celeb, you don’t have a personal life, your life is someone’s entertainment … you have to know how to do your things …” admitting, “I made a mistake and then, I have learnt from it.”
As a mother, Tiffany revealed that during the whole saga, her biggest worry was her son who she was scared that he will grow up to see the mess. She was also caught between, “either I go and shy away and be like I won’t do music or be strong and show the women that you do make mistakes you have to learn from it and not repeat it and stand on your feet.”
Many faulted her for keeping the nude pictures on her phone, a situation that led to the pictures being leaking to the public. She lamented that, “It wasn’t my fault but as a celebrity I shouldn’t have kept those pictures on my phone, I should have deleted them” especially when people constantly follow your life.
Tiffany who bounced onto the music scene in 2007 which her single, How We Do It, advised her fellow celebrities to know that they don’t have a private life and should be very cautious of the things they do.
“I will just advise every celebrity that you have to be on top of your game and you have to know that you don’t have a private life so even if you have things like that, you should know where to keep them, how to keep them or just don’t even keep them at all.”
Tiffany revealed that she will drop a compilation of all her singles this month, January, which will be a free gift to her fans.