If there will ever be a search for someone who embodies the good, the bad, and the ugly, then there is probably no other person to fit this description than the multi-talented entertainer, Tila Tequila.
Tila Tequila epitomizes to a great extent, sheer human resilience. She exemplifies a strong-willed being who despite all the challenges she was faced with, defy the odds and traced her way back to life.
The Singaporean-born American television star, actress, model, and singer enjoyed massive followership and media attention in the early 2000s. She was famous for her appearance on MySpace. Tequila also released a handful of songs and worked with top brands in the world then.
Aside from being famous for her art and crafts, Tila Tequila was also known to be highly controversial such that she once showed support for the late German dictator, Adolf Hitler which threw her into the spotlight of severe criticism.
If you have read up to this point, then you must be interested in knowing more about Tila Tequila, especially as regards her background, rise to fame, challenges, how she was able to survive, and what she is doing as of 2021.
Background, Childhood and Education
Tila Tequila was born on the 24th of October, 1981 in Singapore although she was raised in Houston, Texas. Her father is of Vietnamese origin while her mother is of French-Vietnamese descent.
Tila and her family moved away from Vietnam after the war in 1975 and relocated to the United States. She was just a year old when they arrived in Houston. She is the last of three children. Her brother’s name is Daniel while her sister’s name is Terri.
Her childhood was pretty rough even though she was raised under strict Buddhist doctrine. She started taking hard substances at the age of eleven and she kept bad company in her hood while growing up. Tila Tequila began to attend nightclubs at the age of 13. She gained passage into the clubs with her sister’s pass.
She attended a boarding school, got her first tattoo, and began smoking afterward at the age of 15. Tila Tequila ran away from Texas to New York when she was only 16.
Nevertheless, she graduated from Alief Hastings High School in 2000. She attended college in Los Angeles but drooped out eventually to focus on her dream of becoming a superstar.
What is Tila Tequila’s real name?
Tila Tequila’s real name is Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen. She was nicknamed “Tila Tequila” by her friends.
Tila Tequila Height
Tila Tequila has an average height. She is 4ft and 5 inches tall and she weighs 47kg.
Tila Tequila was spoilt for choice when she wanted to begin her career in the entertainment industry. Yeah, she was that talented. She began her career in the modeling industry at the age of 19. She was discovered by a Playboy magazine scout at Sharpstown Mall in Houston.
She did her first shoot, moved to Southern California, and features on the magazine’s Cybergirl of the Week on the 22nd of April, 2002 and she later became the first Asian lady to feature as the magazine’s Cybergirl of the Week.
Tila also featured in various magazines including Import Tuner and Maxim UK. In 2003, the enchanting model joined the person-to-person communication site, MySpace, and acquired a fantastic 1.4 million companions on the site just as on Facebook.
After a successful stint in the modeling industry, Tila Tequila started her career on television shows. She made her first appearance on the VHS 1 series, Surviving Nugent. She also appeared in NBC’s Identity as well as Pants-Off Dance-Off.
Controversy and Criticisms
It didn’t take long before she became the subject of severe criticism from fans and other critics. Although she became more famous, her comments on the show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.
It was about 16 straight men and 16 bi-women who competed against each other for Tila’s affection. But the contestant didn’t know about her bisexuality until the end of the first episode.
The show was severely criticized especially a Christians in a publication called The Christian Post. The show only lasted for two seasons and one of the outcomes was that Tila Tequila had sex with some of the ladies, she confirmed it but she said she was not a lesbian or bisexual.
“As a matter of fact, I was never bisexual,” said said. “The truth comes out. I was never a lesbian, I was never gay. It was all gay for pay. When I was filming that reality show, I had a boyfriend for the entire two seasons.”
Tila’s brief acting profession saw her appear in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), Robot Chicken (2008), My Dad Says (2011), and Masterminds (2012).
As an artist, the talented superstar recorded various tunes and worked with big record makers in the industry. She started by joining the ‘Past Betty Jean’ band and later connected up with ‘Desire.’ In 2007, she delivered the debut Tila Tequila tune, ‘I Love U’, which got negative feedback before releasing her introduction studio EP that very year.
In 2010, she released her second Extended Play record ‘Welcome to the Darkside’ which got positive reviews.
Just when she was getting fans back on her side, Tila Tequila used her social media platforms in publishing anti-semitic content in 2013. She also showed her apathy for Nazism in an article she wrote. She also openly supported Donald Trump during the 2016 elections.
Thereafter, the personality posted a National Socialism recognizes picture at an occasion to celebrate Trump’s triumph. It prompted the suspension of her Twitter account.
She likewise verbally assaulted various Jewish well-known individuals. One tweet focused on entertainer Sarah Silverman read, “her (((People))) killed him.
So happy I’m not in THAT group!” She also told conservative reporter Ben Shapiro, “Pardon me [Ben Shapiro] My council trusts you ought to be gassed and sent back to Israel however since I’m the greater man I will not hurt you.”
As a result of her comments, she was booted out of the Celebrity Big Brother show in 2015.
“Unfortunately, Channel 5 and [production company] Endemol did not know about the views and attitudes Tila had expressed in social media postings before her involvement in Celebrity Big Brother,” said a rep for U.K.’s Channel 5.”
“When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house.”
The superstar has gathered a ton of money from her controversy-tinted career. There is no doubt that one of her major sources of revenue is from music.
Tila Tequila has additionally added to her net worth as a film and TV star and as a model.
Her social media platforms have also contributed to her wealth as well. She has an expected net worth of $700,000
Tila Tequila Death Scare
On March 7, 2012, it was reported that Tila Nguyen had consented to look into recovery after she attempted to kill herself by ingesting too many pills. The occurrence made her be hospitalized for a brain infection. Tila Tequila finished her recovery treatment on April 5, 2012.
Tila Tequila 2021
She is now a changed person and she even embraced Christianity. She opened a YouTube account in 2017, where she posts about some contentious topics. A portion of her claims has it that famous people get sacrificed and that she was influenced by Satan back in 2012.
Tila additionally reactivated her Instagram account in 2018 with another name, Tornado Thien. The name of her YouTube Channel is The Lord Your Righteousness.
Tila has had an affair with a couple of men in her life: Ray J (2006), Bobby Banhart (2007), Billy Corgan (2009), and Thomas Paxton Whitaker (2013-2014).
Whitaker is the dad of her first child, Isabella Monroe Nguyen, who was brought into the world on November 16, 2014.
She once revealed in 2018 that she is not single but didn’t unveil the identity of her husband. Tila Tequila had her second baby, Anabelle in August 2018.
Tila Tequila’s life went from grass to grace then back to the grass where she almost committed suicide but thankfully she is doing well and her story without a doubt will be an inspiration to many for years to come.