By Ife Osemedua
365Daily– Nigerian afro beats crooner, Tiwa Savage, has opened up on a plot to extort her over a sex tape involving her and her partner.
In an interview with American Angie Martinez of Power Fm 105.1, she disclosed that she was sent the tape and an amount requested for the blackmailer not to release it to the public.
She said in the undated video shared on Osaremengist on Facebook: “Yesterday I’m leaving a radio station, I’m in my car and my road manager sent me a message and said check your phone and I’m like okay. So I check and there’s a video and I’m just like, wow! Like where did you get this from, and he’s like I just got this like 20 minutes ago and …”
The interviewer interjected, “This is somebody on your team,” to which she answers yes.
She continued: “So, this video was sent to him and it’s a video of me and the person I am dating right now…the first thing, I go off the phone and I sent it to my manager and she was like oh my God and I’m like what are we gonna do?
“So the person is asking for money now….the person I was dating is going crazy too…and I said what are we going to do and my manager said how much are they asking for? I woke up and I was like no. I’m not, because I pay it now, and then 2 months down the line you are going to come back again and then 2 years and who knows, even if I do send you the money, you probably will release it anyway. I’m not going to allow anyone to blackmail me for doing something that is natural.
“No part of me wants to pay the person. That is what is getting me angry. If you want to put it out, put it out. I am that crazy that I can put it out myself. You are not making any money from me. This was an intimate moment with someone I am dating. The person I am dating is not famous, he is a regular guy and his whole business is about to be out.
“He is more concerned about me because he knows that I am going to be more affected. My mother and my son having to see it. I am going to talk to my son about it.
“For me, it is when he is older at about 15 and someone is rude to him at the playground and they make reference to the tape. I have to brace him up.”
The Afrobeats queen noted that the video was not from her team; rather, she said, it was accidentally posted on Snapchat by her lover who deleted it immediately when he realised the error. However, it was too late.
She said, “It is not from someone working closely with me.
“What happened is that the person did it on Snap and he posted it by accident, but he quickly deleted it.
“However, someone got it before he could delete it. It is a very short video, but it is me. It is going to be out there and I can just imagine the memes. I just found out yesterday. I could not sleep last night.
“We tried to stall them, but I later decided that I am going to own the narrative. I am not ashamed of it; this is someone I am dating; I am not cheating, neither is he. We are grownups.
“I cannot believe this is happening to me. I feel for my fans because they will have to keep defending me.
“I can switch off my phone or have someone run my account so I do not see that; but my fans will feel the need to protect me.
“I will like my fans to ignore it.”