Singer SZA is suffering a major blowback from her fans after calling out a photographer for releasing her photos without her consent.
As The Blast previously covered, SZA made major headlines on Wednesday, October 27, when she took to her Twitter feed to rant about a photographer uploading her images from a photo shoot they had. She wrote, “releasing pictures of me W out my consent is scary.”
The “Good Days” crooner revealed that the photographer named Edwig Henson messaged her about his intention to share the images of her in a blue bikini even though it would result in them not working together again.
The singer who said she “never felt more powerless or disrespected” because of the photographer’s actions explained why she didn’t want such revealing photos on the internet.
She noted that she didn’t want to be hyper-sexualized by the media and insinuated the pictures might take the attention off her upcoming album.
Photographer Apologizes To SZA
Following the singer’s rant on Twitter, Henson took to the platform to tell his side of the story. First, he shared that he was sorry if his work felt disrespectful to the artist before explaining that he wasn’t compensated for the work.
He disclosed there was an initial deal to upload the images as his form of compensation, and SZA also agreed to buy the photos from him, but the contract was never signed.
He urged that he never shared the pictures for clout as he wasn’t a bad person and begged the songstress’ fans to stop sending him death threats.
Although the 31-year-old has since deleted the Twitter thread, eagle-eyed fans dug out receipts of her posting the images first before calling out the photographer. As a result, she has been receiving intense backlash.
Sza is a Liar. https://t.co/qOeo2LcXK2
— Cardo (@CardoDC_) October 28, 2021
Fans Brand SZA A Liar
According to several users, the “Broken Clocks” songstress first posted the pictures via her Instagram story. It was even shared by one of her fan pages before Henson himself uploaded them.
To make things more suspicious, the fan page has also deleted the post. In no time, fans dragged the Missouri native by her edges, accusing her of lying about issues. One user wrote:
I’m crying because she literally posted them on her story…. didn’t pay the guy…. and he posted them for exposure (they agreed) and then she decided that she doesn’t want them posted. She has issues and acts if she’s better than everyone.
sza constantly lying like that is also something that’s being swept under the rug a lot
— A (@aphx_) October 28, 2021
Another fan asked, “Does SZA lie or does she create enchanted stories for the world to enjoy ?” while another commented, “SZA constantly lying like that is also something that’s being swept under the rug a lot.”
Some netizens even suggested that the singer should seek help and get therapy.
SZA’S New Album
While the singer is now receiving attention for the wrong reasons, her die-hard fans have been eagerly awaiting her new album.
Lmao, SZA is actually mental. She needs therapy cause how can someone lie like this. Now the photographer is getting death threats. https://t.co/mwq3pHPn3W
— BLLACK LINE (@BllackLine) October 28, 2021
With the anticipation of her new project, there were rumors that its release date would coincide with that of Summer Walker‘s. However, SZA has since put out the flames, announcing that she is doing no such thing.
She also noted that she has no features on Walker’s album but was working on a collaboration soon.