Tiwa Savage, the award-winning Nigerian singer-songwriter, says she is being blackmailed over some intimate footage she filmed with her current boyfriend.
The Afrobeats star stood on New York radio station Power 105.1 on Friday and said she refuses to pay an extortionist who threatens to release the video.
“I would not call it a sex bond, but it is a bond between me and the person I am dating right now,” she told host Angie Martinez.
According to Savage, the named blackmailer got the footage after her lover accidentally posted it on Snapchat.
Although he quickly deleted it when he realized his mistake, it had already been caught by a third party, she said.
Savage said she cried when she was told about the leak on Thursday by her road manager, who was sent the video.
She told Martinez she would not give in to the blackmailer’s demands, adding that even if she paid up, there was no guarantee that they would release the footage anyway.
“I don’t get any blackmail for doing something that is natural,” she said.
Savage said she would publish about the blackmail so she could control the narrative: “I’m so crazy I could handle it myself … You’re not making money on it.”
She also said her partner was “going crazy” over the leak, and she expressed fears it could hurt her career and have a detrimental effect on her six-year-old son when he was older.
“I do not want this to overshadow what I am doing,” she added.
CNN has contacted Savage’s representatives for further comment.
The 41-year-old musician, who grew up in London and performed on “The X Factor” in the UK in 2006, performed as a backup singer for artists such as Mary J. Blige and George Michael, before gaining fame as a solo artist..
In 2018, she won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act.
With hits including “Kele Kele” and “Eminado”, Savage is logged on to Universal Music Group.
She is currently in the United States promoting her latest album, “Water and Garri.”