On Thursday, fans reported seeing a SnapStory on the singer’s account encouraging followers to follow a swipe-up link to a Discord chat room for the “The Chuckling Squad” account.
“Join this discord server for my nudes,” the story reportedly said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The original post was followed by several nude images, which were presumed to be of Lovato. Other posts promised photos and videos for those who followed the Discord link, the Daily Beast reports.
The images were reportedly live for less than an hour on the 27-year-old’s Snapchat before they were removed.
— aidan ♡🍃 (@aiidaannn)October 17, 2019
Although Lovato has yet to comment on the incident, fans of the singer have come to her defence on social media.
“Why do people think it’s ok to hack celebrities and leak their private photos?” one person wrote on Twitter. “Demi Lovato deserves so much better than this. We love you, Demi!"
Another said: “Demi Lovato nearly died a year ago, lost one of her close friends only a few days ago due to addiction struggles and now someone feels the need to hack her Snapchat and leak pictures. The world makes me feel physically sick.”
doesn’t matter your opinion of a celebrity, doesn’t give people the right to invade and leak their private moments. disgusted at the behaviour towards demi lovato right now because end of the day she’s only human.— j e n a ✨ (@fixawarrior)October 18, 2019
Lovato has a history of addiction and body image issues. In 2018, the singer attended rehab after she was treated for a drug overdose.
Since then, Lovato has been promoting body positivity on Instagram, where she recently shared a photo of herself in a bikini with the caption: “This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited.”