Ariana Grande appears to have indirectly responded to claims that Marcus Hyde, a celebrity photographer, offered a free photoshoot to a model in exchange for nude pictures.
The model in question, Sunnaya, recently posted screenshots of an apparent direct message conversation with Hyde. They appear to show the photographer saying that the photoshoot would cost $2000 unless she sent him nude pictures.
When she declined, Hyde apparently responded: “Find someone else. I’ll keep shooting celebs.”
Hyde has been a photographer of choice for celebrities in the past, working with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande.
In fact, when Hyde was involved in a car accident, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West contributed $25,000 towards medical costs.
Following the reports, Grande took to her Instagram story where she made a statement against photographers who “make you uncomfortable or make you feel like you need to take your clothing off”.
“If you want to [take your clothes off], sick,” Grande said. “But if you don’t, please don’t. If they tell you you have to pay more money if you’re clothed that’s fucked and I’m sorry that has happened to you.”
“I hate hearing about things like this,” she continued. “I am sorry that that was anybody’s experience and know that it doesn’t have to be.”
Although Grande didn’t name Hyde in her message, she did make it clear that she was responding to recent “shocking and really heartbreaking stories”.
Ariana’s full statement reads:
Dear models/artists in LA/anywhere,
I have just read some shocking and really heartbreaking stories. I hate that this is a conversation but please do not shoot with photographers who make you uncomfortable or make you feel like you need to take your clothing off if you don’t want to. If you want to, sick. But if you don’t, please don’t. If they tell you you have to pay more money if you’re clothed that’s fucked and I’m sorry that has happened to you. I promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there.
I hate hearing about things like this. I am sorry that that was anybody’s experience and know that it doesn’t have to be.
Look out for one another. Tag your friends on posts of other photographers [whose] work you like and have had positive experiences with and help each other get connected.
BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of Grande and Hyde for comment.
Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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