A 14-year-old model and aspiring singer whose blurred photo appeared on the cover of last month’s OK Magazine is speaking out about claims that the rapper Tyga is “in love” with her.
Molly O’Malia held a press conference Monday along with her attorney, Gloria Allred, to give her side of the story. The OK Magazine story claimed Tyga, 26, left his on-again, off-again girlfriend Kylie Jenner “heartbroken” by texting with the girl, who he met on Instagram.
O’Malia said people knew it was her in the photo, despite it being pixelated. The teary-eyed teen said at the New York press conference she doesn’t “deserve the negative attention I have been getting as a result of this photo.”
Molly’s mother, Anne, said at the press conference, “Molly decided the best thing to do was to stand up for herself. I’m very proud of her to have the courage to come today and do this.”
Representatives for Tyga told TMZ he talked to the girl online and in text messages, but said he only reached out to her because he was interested in her music.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. O’Malia Says Tyga Texted Her Relentlessly, But Denies They Hooked Up
Gloria Allred said at the press conference that her client was exploited and portrayed in a false light by the OK Magazine cover story.
She said the magazine did not do a good enough job of concealing O’Malia’s identity, leading to her being hounded after the magazine came out.
2. She Says Tyga Contacted Her First, Through an Instagram DM
O’Malia, whose mother was also at the press conference, said she is “very upset” that the story about her, Tyga and Jenner was published in the magazine.
“I want people to know the truth. The truth is that Tyga contacted me first, he direct messaged me on Instagram,” O’Malia said at the press conference, reading from a statement. “I knew who he was, but I was surprised that he was contacting me.”
3. O’Malia Says She Thought He Might Be Contacting Her About Music
O’Malia, an aspiring singer, said she first thought Tyga might have been contacting her about her music.
“I thought it could possibly be about my music, but he did not mention that in his initial communication. I thought that was strange, but I was thinking he would bring it up in his next message to me. However, he didn’t mention it in his next message to me,” O’Malia said.
But screenshots obtained by TMZ show that Tyga did ask her about music eventually:
O’Malia and Allred haven’t commented about the screenshots, which were posted Tuesday.
4. She Grew Uncomfortable When He Tried to Facetime With Her
O’Malia said things got strange when Tyga asked to video chat with her.
“He asked me to Facetime three times, but I didn’t do it,” O’Malia said, referring to the iPhone video chat. “Because of my discomfort about why he wanted to communicate with me, I quickly stopped responding.”
The “insider” who provided info to OK Magazine backed up O’Malia’s story. “He’s texted her every day, and he’s tried to FaceTime with her too. He keeps telling her how beautiful she is and how he can’t wait to hang out with her,” the person said.
O’Malia said does not know how the gossip magazine got a hold of her text messages, some of which were published.
“I never sent the communications of Tyga and me to OK Magazine and I don’t know how they obtained them. I would never have allowed OK Magazine or any other magazine to use them. It is also upsetting to me that OK Magazine never contacted my mom or me to check the facts about what they were posting was true. I’m speaking out today because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to any other young girl.”
At the press conference, O’Malia’s mother, Anne, said Tyga did try to contact her a few weeks go.
Allred said Anne O’Malia, “feels that it is completely inappropriate for an adult male to communicate with her 14-year-old daughter, ask for her phone number and ask when she is coming to L.A,” according to People magazine.
5. She Has Nearly 50,000 Followers on Her Now-Private Instagram Account
A Delaware native, O’Malia has amassed a large following on social media.
O’Malia’s sister, Christina, survived a traumatic brain injury in 2011, according to a Facebook post her mother made on a TBI support group in 2013.
“We don’t know what the future holds for Christina, we’ve learned to take things day by day, and that she, Molly and I can’t count on anyone but each other,” Anne Lowry O’Malia wrote. “We’re a family and the three of us are still together. That’s all that matters. Everything else is trivial and we’ll figure out the rest of it as we go along. We don’t have any other choice, but to live that way.”