When several nude photos of Rihanna leaked to the Web earlier this year, her representatives walked a careful line: They demanded that the images be removed from any site that had posted them, but avoided confirming that the singer was, in fact, the woman in the photos. Now Rihanna has acknowledged for the first time that the images were hers.

In an interview with NYC radio station Hot 97, flagged by People, Rihanna said that she took the snapshots for a then-boyfriend whom she did not name. She said she was understandably upset when the private pics became public knowledge: “It was the worst thing that could possibly ever happen to me.” The timing was especially bad, since a graphic photo showing the injuries inflicted on her by abusive ex Chris Brown had only recently been leaked. “I just felt like my whole privacy was taken before that [by the injury photo] and then, when that came out, I thought, ‘Oh great, so now there’s nothing they don’t know about me and my private life.’ It was humiliating and it was embarrassing.

Of course it was. Leaking those photos at any time was a serious violation of Rihanna’s privacy; whoever leaked them at that particular moment, when she was already going through a very public tough time in her life, was pretty despicable. I don’t think Rihanna had any responsibility to talk about this subject, but now that she has, it’s a reminder of how hurtful and wrong it is to invade a person’s privacy like that — even a world-famous celebrity’s.

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