Rapper Iggy Azalea has shocked her fans after announcing she is quitting music after being accused of “blackfishing.”
The shock announcement follows the controversy surrounding the Australian singer’s latest single “I Am the Stripclub” earlier this month.
The term blackfishing refers to white women pretending to be Black through a combination of makeup and traditionally Black hairstyles and fashion.
Azalea copped a huge backlash for the video for the song after fans speculated she had attempted to darken her skin tone.
The 31-year-old denied she altered her appearance for the clip, calling the accusations “ridiculous.”
She claimed the only change to her appearance was that she had ditched her blonde locks for a dark brunette wig.
“I can’t care about something that ridiculous and baseless. I’m wearing a shade 6 in Armani foundation, it’s the same shade I’ve worn for the last 3 years,” she wrote on Twitter at the time.
Less than two weeks after being slammed by fans, she told how she was taking an indefinite hiatus from music after the release of her third album End of an Era.
However, she did not address the backlash directly.
“End of an Era is so special to me because after I drop my album next month I am going to take a few years to focus on other creative projects and things I’m feeling passionate and inspired by, beyond music,” she wrote.
“I’m excited for you guys to see different sides to me in the future. Shifting my energy and focus to what I’m most excited about is what is right for me and I hope you’ll continue to support whatever creative projects I’m out here doing!”