Iggy Azalea Surprised Fans After Revealing The Startling Health Secret She’d Been Hiding

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Iggy Azalea is one of the world’s best-known entertainers and has a significant following on social media. And usually she lives her life in the media spotlight, complete with Instagram posts and the standard plethora of celebrity gossip articles. All the more reason that her recent reveal, delivered on the star’s Instagram account, has staggered both fans and casual observers alike.

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You see, the bombshell she dropped on social media came after months of speculation. But with Azalea, rumor and speculation have been part of her career since she burst onto the music scene in record-breaking style back in 2014. That said, the nature of the reveal, as well as the way the rapper had managed to successfully keep it a secret, was impressive, even by celebrity standards.

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Now, Azalea – real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly – rose to stardom in one of the more unconventional celebrity tales. Yes, raised in the small Australian town of Mullumbimby, with a population of just 3,000, she set her sights on stardom after a trip to the United States. In fact, she’d travelled there with her grandparents before she was even a teenager.

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And the young Azalea became a huge fan of American hip hop music. You see, acts such as Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott inspired her to begin rapping. When asked by Vogue what her favorite song was, Azalea said, “Tupac’s ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ – it made me fall in love with rap music.” Furthermore, her mom Tanya once told Cosmopolitan, “She always had the ambition to be the female equivalent of Eminem.”

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In an interview with Elle, Azalea revealed more about her romance with rap music. “I was probably 13 or 14 years old. It fit with my teen angst at the time. I was totally obsessed with Tupac, but I also remember listening to Missy Elliott and OutKast,” she said. And although she couldn’t identify with all the issues raised, she loved the effect the music had on her. “I knew that it made me feel good,” she added.

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However, the American hip hop scene was a long way away from Australia. So before she had even turned 16, Azalea packed her bags and headed for the States. There, she was met by a friend she’d met on the internet. And before long, she informed her parents that she wouldn’t be coming home anytime soon.

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Now, most teens wouldn’t contemplate upping sticks and moving to a new country to pursue a dream. But Azalea was different. First in Miami, then finally in Los Angeles by way of Houston and Atlanta, the youngster set about immersing herself in American hip hop culture. And it wasn’t long before she’d given herself a new moniker.

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Yes, Amethyst Amelia Kelly had become Iggy Azalea. You see, Iggy was the name of her childhood dog, while Azalea is the name of the street that she grew up on back in Mullumbimby, New South Wales. With that, she began recording music and videos for two of her songs, “Pu$$y” and “Two Times.” And they both became YouTube hits.

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Next, the Australian put together a mixtape of her music to date. Released as Ignorant Art, the tape further enhanced Azalea’s growing reputation and gained her wider attention. The result was a recording contract with rapper T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. And her debut studio album, The New Classic, catapulted the artist to stardom.

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Indeed, Azalea became the first artist since The Beatles to debut her first two releases on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one and two simultaneously. That’s right, her song “Fancy” hit the top, while “Problem”, a song by Ariana Grande which Azalea featured in, sat at number two.

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Meanwhile, The New Classic – released in 2014 – brought great success to the Australian singer. You see, she peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart, and reached the top of the prestigious Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart. And the latter ensured Azalea’s place in music history, making her the first non-American female rapper to claim the accolade.

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But as well as considerable chart and financial success, there has always been a whiff of controversy with Azalea. Understandably, it was sometimes tough for the singer – an outsider – to win credibility on the scene she was in. After all, she is Australian yet sings like she is from the southern United States.

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And despite Azalea’s unconventional hip hop background attracting criticism, the Australian is philosophical about it. “I just have a different perspective about rap music. I love learning about hip hop, I love reading about it and I actually love having debates with other people about it,” the singer told Elle.

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As well as educating herself about rap, Azalea spent time in the States growing as an artist. And she revealed that her early attempts at rapping often attracted the mirth of others. “They thought my raps sucked,” the singer stated. Yet she didn’t quit, and her dedication in the hip hop scene paid off spectacularly.

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Yet for some, Azalea’s success, style and approach had been hard to take. A high-profile social media spat with rapper Azealia Banks resulted in Banks accusing Azalea of neglecting black issues. And in 2016 Jeff Guo wrote in The Washington Post about what has been dubbed Azalea’s “blaccent”: her rap voice. “Many critics found it offensive that Azalea would appropriate an accent so clearly not hers,” Guo wrote.

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Furthermore, American rapper Jean Grae referred to Azalea’s voice as “verbal blackface.” And Banks, who had proven to be a true nemesis, also insinuated that what Azalea was doing was nothing more than an updated version of the minstrel shows of the past. Inevitably perhaps, the Australian was initially drawn into the row, before backing away.

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However, in an interview with The Guardian, Azalea claimed that accusations of her being inauthentic never came from fellow performers. She said, “I have never had any musicians tell me that I wasn’t authentic for being white and Australian. Not one. What I’ve come to realise is that it’s the people who write about music – or who are outside it in some way – who have a problem with what I am doing.”

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Despite her success, 2014 and 2015 brought their share of challenges for Azalea. As well as the criticism from the likes of Grae and Banks, the singer also got into a high-profile spat with pizza chain Papa John’s. And it all started when Azalea ordered a pizza before seemingly having her phone number shared by the delivery driver. Soon she was being bombarded with calls and messages.

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So Azalea took to Twitter to voice her displeasure about the Papa John’s driver. Yet the singer was equally unimpressed with the reaction of the company. “Papa John’s was my favorite pizza, but the drivers they use give out your personal phone number to their family members,” Azalea claimed. “And the supervisors at Papa John’s refuse to send pictures of their employees so you can identify who it is that steals your information.”

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And the singer wasn’t done with Papa John’s, posting one last Tweet, “Too bad they don’t value the privacy of their customers also.” The company later apologised for the incident. Now, some poked fun at Azalea’s public meltdown, and the singer’s former mentor, T.I., felt that his protégé was getting involved in trivial matters. “I think she should focus on what got her here, and that’s her music, her performing and continue to just present her talents to the world,” he told TMZ.

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After that, Azalea seemed to heed T.I.’s advice and decided the best approach was a social media black-out. “I need to be happy and it [social media] is too negative and draining,” Azalea posted to her fans in February 2015, before turning off her various channels. But by April of the same year she was back posting again.

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Later In a 2016 interview with Canadian Elle, Azalea spoke about her self-imposed exile from social media. She said, “I’m back. But this time I’ve given myself some rules so I don’t get too sucked in again. For me, what happened, not just on social media but with everything in my career, was like a whirlwind. I started to feel like I was losing control over my own life.”

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And in the same interview, Azalea lamented the infamous pizza incident. She said, “I even think back to the Papa John’s incident and ask myself ‘Why did that p**s you off so much?’ I see now that it spiralled into something so quickly because I felt like I didn’t have any power over my own life. At that point, I needed to take some time, step away and just get that control back.”

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Unfortunately for Azalea, the controversy wasn’t done with. For you see, the singer soon found herself involved in a topless photograph row. Yes, pictures which had originally been taken during a 2016 photoshoot with GQ magazine were published online. But Azalea insisted that she’d never agreed to the exposed snaps going live. “I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things,” she wrote on social media.

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As for Azalea’s personal life, that too has often played out in full view of the watching public. You see, in 2011 she began dating fellow rapper ASAP Rocky. Then, between June 2015 and June 2016, she was engaged to professional basketball player Nick Young. Unfortunately, that relationship wasn’t to last due to alleged infidelity on Young’s part.

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Then the star’s love life took another turn when she began dating rapper Playboi Carti. Carti, who is seven years Azalea’s junior, met her in 2018 while he was touring abroad. “Once I started talking to her, I just cut off everybody. It was over with,” he later told Fader magazine. The pair moved in together at the end of that same year.

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Mind you, the rumors were that the couple had taken their relationship to the next level after a revealing 2019 interview on The X Change Rate. “Are you currently single?,” Azalea was asked by the show’s larger-than-life host, Monét X Change. “No, I’m not, I’m not,” replied Azalea, holding up a hand with what appeared to be an enormous engagement ring.

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But the singer didn’t give away anything else in the interview with X Change. She only referred to “my guy.” Of course, the appearance sent the rumor mill into overdrive. And things ratcheted up further when Azalea appeared to once again go quiet online. Usually her Twitter and Instagram accounts were awash with activity.

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Of course, this wasn’t the first time that Azalea had gone into a self-imposed social media exile. But what had caused this particular silence? Well, in June 2020 the Australian dropped a bombshell to her 13.5 million Instagram followers. Courtesy of her Instagram Stories post, the singer’s legions of fans now had an explanation for the rapper’s apparent sabbatical.

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“I have a son,” Azalea wrote out of the blue, having never mentioned previously that she’d been pregnant. And the star went on to reveal a little more in her post. “I kept waiting for the right time to say something but it feels like the more time passes the more I realize I’m always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world,” she added.

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“I want to keep his life private but wanted to make it clear he is not a secret and I love him beyond words,” Azalea added in the post. It was a brief, yet heart-warming message from the singer, and partly explained why she had been so quiet on her normally busy channels. But at the same time, the news came as a shock to many.

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As always with Azalea, there had been rumors. Indeed, some had been circulating that the star was pregnant. Footage released by the star back in November 2019 – a behind the scenes look at her video for song “Lola” – seemed to reveal a baby bump. However, Azalea then confused matters by uploading other pictures to Instagram of her clearly not pregnant.

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For example, the Australian posted a picture of herself on her Instagram account on December 19, 2019. In the image, the star is wearing a red bikini and clearly displays no signs of pregnancy. At the time, she would have been several months pregnant. If not a deliberate decoy, the posting was clearly not of a recently taken photograph.

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Fans of the singer were clearly as confused by events as everybody else. And people took to Twitter to voice their reaction to the news that Azalea was now a mom. “Did Iggy just have a child? When was she pregnant? Is Carti a dad?” posted one user, asking the same questions as many. “I’m so confused,” wrote another.

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Other pieces of information began trickling through. For instance, Carti had recently purchased a new car that had got tongues wagging. “The rapper spent $400,000 to buy one of the most exquisite family-friendly rides you’ll ever see… a 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan,” stated TMZ in an article dedicated to Carti’s new wheels.

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“We’re told Playboi wanted a bigger car where he could easily and safely attach a baby car seat,” added TMZ. No confirmation has been forthcoming from Azalea or Carti that they share the baby together. But there have been other pieces of evidence dropped on social media which have garnered interest.

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Indeed, DJ Akademiks congratulated Azalea and Carti with a social media post. He said, “Congrats to Iggy Azalea and Playboi Carti on the birth [of] their son this weekend. “Talked to some people…. allegedly this is true. Congrats to #playboicarti and #iggyazalea if it is,” the YouTuber added.

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Perhaps there should be little surprise that Azalea decided to play out the birth of her first child this way. For you see, the singer had previously been hurt on social media. And in April 2020 she posted a revealing statement on her Twitter account. “The older I get, the less I feel the need to explain myself all the time and it’s a great feeling. If I don’t wanna… I don’t wanna. Sometimes that’s reason enough,” she wrote.

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Whatever the truth, Azalea is now the proud mom of a baby boy. And while the Instagram post was light on detail, it doesn’t change the fact that the singer has begun a new chapter in her life. Ironically, when asked by TMZ back in 2016 if she was going to be a mom soon, Azalea replied “I hope not. I’m 25!” When further pressed at what age she would want to be, the star decided on 30. Her age in 2020? 30.

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And Azalea is back on social media. But can we expect the Australian singer to take a permanent break from the likes of Twitter and Instagram in the future? “I know a lot of people in my position who don’t go on the internet, but I was born in 1990. I grew up with it. It’s just part of life,” she told Elle. So it seems fans can rest safe knowing that Azalea won’t be going AWOL anytime soon.

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