Successful actress and former Disney Channel star Bella Thorne, 22, has turned to solicitation subscription website OnlyFans to sell access to provocative photos and videos of herself to members for a monthly fee.
The young actress, who was worth millions of dollars before signing up for the site, joined OnlyFans this week and made record cash, raking in $1 million in one day, and a total of $2 million in under a week.
Thorne has suggested she’s working on an OnlyFans-related movie with filmmaker Sean Baker. However, Baker has denied any such collaboration.
In a statement Friday, Baker, whose credits include “The Florida Project” and “Tangerine,” disavowed any connection to a Thorne-OnlyFans project. His announcement comes after a backlash among sex workers who rely on income from OnlyFans about Thorne’s arrival on the subscription-based platform, which they believe has siphoned money away from their accounts. The social network has a reputation for hosting pornographic content, while Thorne has said she will not post nude content on OnlyFans.
OnlyFans exploded into the mainstream during the coronavirus pandemic, as young people found themselves in economic hardship. It also got a considerable boost from megastar Beyoncé, who mentioned the pornographic site in one of her songs. According to Business Insider, the pop star’s boost created a spike in OnlyFans traffic by 15% in a mere 24 hours.
Thorne said that a hacker threatened to expose nude images of the actress last year, and so she preemptively leaked her own photos.
“Yesterday as u all know all my s*** was hacked,” Thorne posted via social media at the time. “For the last 24 hours I have been threatened with my own nudes. I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see. He has sent me multiple nude photos of other celebs, he won’t stop with me or them he will just keep going.”
The incident was later discussed on “The View,” including comments from co-host Whoopi Goldberg that provoked a tearful response from Thorne.
“If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are. You don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” Goldberg said, according to Vox. “Once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud and it’s available to any hacker who wants it, and if you don’t know that in 2019, that this is an issue, I’m sorry … you don’t get to do that.”
BELLA THORNE POSTS NUDE PICS TO THWART HACKER: Actress Bella Thorne said she took her “power back” by sharing nude photos of herself after blackmailers threatened to leak them – the co-hosts discuss if this was the right move. https://t.co/1091s9Fn2d pic.twitter.com/VqFXmggPle
— The View (@TheView) June 17, 2019
“Shame on you,” the actress said in an Instagram story. “I don’t really wanna go on ‘The View’ anymore because I don’t really want to be beaten down by a bunch of older women for my body and my sexuality.”
“Blaming girls for taking photos in the first place? Is sick and honestly disgusting,” the actress added.
Other celebrities on OnlyFans include rapper Cardi B and reality TV star Blac Chyna.
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