It’s been more than a decade since Tila Tequila tried her Shot At Love. The reality star-turned-porn star has made headlines through the years for her bizarre and shocking behavior.
Tequila, real name Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, has always been a little cooky, but her battles with mental health and addiction really took a turn for the worse in 2010 after her ex-fiancée and Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson died from “natural causes.”
From the sex tapes, fake suicide attempts, claims of satanic possession and love of Nazis, take a look at how Tequila’s life has changed over the years and where she is now.
2007 To 2008
Tequila's career was at its prime when she searched for love from both men and women on A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila. The show was called "the ultimate battle of the sexes."
In 2009, Tequila began dating NFL star Shawne Merrimen. Following a highly publicized case of alleged domestic violence, Tequila made her first suicide attempt. The charges were dropped after the District Attorney found there was insufficient evidence of a crime. Tequila posted about her suicide attempt on Twitter and claimed God was “needing her up there.” She also declared that "no one can stop her.” Tequila then went into treatment and apologized for her behavior.
A 10 second clip of Tequila is uploaded on 4tube.com. Reports started circling that a 15 minute sex tape of Tequila, shot in 2004, would soon go public.
Tequila announced that she was engaged to Johnson and Johnson heiress Casey Johnson on Ustream. The couple had gone on only one date before Johnson popped the question with what Tequila claimed was a 17-carat diamond ring. She called out other celeb couples on the stream bragging, "Beat that J.Lo! Beat that Khloe and Lamar! Beat that, everybody! I got the biggest, fattest, 17-carat diamond ring!" The couple was spotted shopping together shortly after showing off their rings.
Tequila and Johnson's trainwreck love story came to a tragic ending after Johnson was found dead in a Los Angeles home. A heartbroken Tequila went on Twitter to ask for support and wrote, “Everyone please pray 4 my Wifey Casey Johnson. She has passed away. Thank u for all ur love and support but I will be offline to be w family.” Johnson had a history of abusing drugs, and her friends believed that she was using a plethora of them leading up to her death. Surprisingly, no drugs were found in her system after the autopsy, and her death was ruled as “natural.”
Weeks after the death of her fiancée, Tequila claimed that she was pregnant with The Game's child. According to Tequila, she got pregnant for Johnson. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline she explained, “So that is the reason why I got pregnant. It was for Casey and I, and that is also why I was so devastated when she passed away because now I have our baby in my belly, but she has passed away.” The Game viscously denied her claims.
Nobody believed Tequila was pregnant until she posted a photo of a sonogram. Unfortunately, she was hospitalized after hitting her head in her home, and the fate of her unborn child was unknown. Reports began to circle that she suffered a miscarriage, but she insisted to RadarOnline that she was just having “stomach pains.”
Despite her claims, a spokesperson for Tequila confirmed that she was no longer pregnant. Her publicist hinted that she suffered a miscarriage stating, "She's not pregnant. There were medical complications.”
Frantic fans called the police after Tequila posted a disturbing video of a bloody wrist onto her website insinuating she was attempting suicide. Her location was unknown and police launched a full blown search, which spanned several counties and lasted five hours. It turned out that the "attempt" was actually a hoax that wasted a lot of time and resources. She was later taken to the hospital for psychological treatment. That same month she was seen with self-inflicted wounds on her arm and dropped from the cast of Celebrity Rehab.
Tequila tried her shot at music and released an album in 2010 to little success. While performing topless at a music festival, Tequila was attacked with beer bottles and rocks. She tried to escape to her trailer, but the angry guests followed her and broke the windows. No arrests were made and Tequila was photographed flaunting her bruises.
More sex tape drama! In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline, Tequila claimed that she was being extorted over the sex tape featuring her ex boyfriend, which was shot in 2004.
Tequila successfully bought the rights to her sex tape and stopped it from being released to the public. But wait! A second sex tape of Tequila was leaked to the public that same month on PornHub. This tape was with two women. Vivid Entertainment had plans to release the tape themselves and sent a letter demanding PornHub remove the footage. Tequila claimed that it was never meant for the public, but the porn company told RadarOnline — in an exclusive interview — that they offered to sell the tape back to her and she declined.
Tequila voluntarily checked into rehab after being hospitalized for a week due to a brain aneurysm and alleged drug overdose. A source told RadarOnline that Tequila had suffered a brain aneurysm in the middle of the night and began to think irrationally. She then allegedly took two bottles of a heavy prescription drug. The source explained that "Tila threw up all over her bed after overdosing and felt like she was dying. She was screaming for help, and in desperation, broke her bedroom window and attempted to jump out.” Tequila completed her rehab treatment in April and laid low for awhile.
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In 2013, Tequila went back to posting videos on YouTube with bold and erratic claims. She posted an alarming video claiming that she had super human powers and could create energy.
Tequila had more to say and turned to Facebook to release her bizarre inner thoughts and conspiracies. She claimed that she knew how Paul Walker died, stating it was "ritualistic.” A few days later she posted that Hitler “was not as bad as he was painted out to be" and posted a photo of herself holding a gun while wearing a swastika arm band in front of Auschwitz claiming she was “HITLER REBORN.” Tequila also claimed to be an alien from another planet who could time travel.
Tequila shocked the world after posting a selfie announcing that she was 10 weeks pregnant. Her baby daddy was revealed as Thomas Paxton, and he happily told the world that he believed she was going to be a great mom. However, he quickly changed his tune, and they started fighting publicly online. RadarOnline.com obtained exclusive text messages that Tequila sent to Whitaker lashing out over the fact that his daughter "Briana is dating a N*****." Her vicious use of the N word turned the world against her, but she claimed that her phone was hacked and she never sent the texts.
Tequila gave birth to her first daughter, Isabella.
August To October 2015
Despite her racist rants and troubled past Tequila almost had another shot at reality TV. It was announced that she was going to star in the upcoming season of Celebrity Big Brother UK, but Tequila continued to be her own worst enemy and was kicked off the show the first night after discussing Hitler in the house. When the world thought they had seen it all from Tequila, she proved them wrong. Tequila thought it would be a good idea to upload a photo to Instagram of her daughter, Isabella, dressed up as Hitler. Surprise! Everyone was pissed.
In 2016, Tequila went full alt-right declaring herself an "Aryan Goddess" and promoted the hashtag #AryanLivesMatter. After recordings leaked of President Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women by the pussy, she defended his words on Twitter and wrote, “Women who complain about Trump saying ‘Grab her by the pussy!’ are retards because I love getting grabbed by the pussy! LMAO!”
Tequila went on an anti-Semitic attack against Sarah Silverman, writing that the comedian and "her people" had "killed Jesus." She also proudly announced that she was a believer that the earth was flat, tweeting "IF I GET KILLED IN 2016 YOU'LL ALL KNOW IT'S BECAUSE I EXPOSED THE EARTH AS BEING FLAT. #TRUTHEXPOSED."
Tequila was suspended from Twitter after going on another shocking rant about Nazis and posting a photo of herself throwing up the Nazi salute. The previous weekend she was a featured guest at the National Policy Institute's convention celebrating Trump's election. The convention was hosted by white nationalist Richard Spencer.
After getting suspended from Twitter, Tequila decided to try YouTube and is very active on her channel and posts several times a week. Tequila renamed herself Tornado Thien sometime in 2017 and began posting weird videos discussing Satan and Hollywood sacrifices. Tequila had been vocal about her conspiracies in the past and claimed that celebrities are always dying because they are being sacrificed — including her ex-fiancée. She insisted that Johnson was sacrificed by the Hilton sisters and Yahoo founder, Terry Semel’s daughter Courtenay Semel. Tequila also claimed that she was possessed by Satan in 2012.
Surprise! In early 2018, after battling Whitaker over custody of their daughter, Tequila revealed that she was pregnant with her second child.
Tequila reactivated her Instagram account under her new name, Tornado Thien. She often used the account to post pictures of celebrity women to trash talk them. Her first posted photo was of Selena Gomez and Cardi B, captioned "2 ugly demons! Can't you see @selenagomez face shapeshift into an ugly little gremlin? And @iamcardib has always been a dirty demon possessed by Kali the hindu demon who always sticks out her dirty tongue! Those with eyes to see will be able to see what I'm talking about here. That's why demons have to wear so much make up and photoshop to try to blend in with the rest of us humans. Plus, demons shapeshift a lot....as can be seen in Selena's dirty face here. ??? Filthy children of satan!"
Tequila posted a video of her drug test results on YouTube to prove to her haters that she was sober.
Where Is Tequila Today?
In many of Tequilas videos she claims that God has called on her to release testimonies. She is often makeup free and wearing a scarf around her head while she praises God for money, new cars, and her two daughters. Her daughter, Isabella, has also been used for her testimonies. Tequila claimed that God and the Holy Spirit used her daughter to send divine messages. While purchasing a new car, she started recording from the dealership and explained, "I'm doing something and I need a word from God and all of a sudden Isabella will say something crazy! And I always know okay, that was the holy spirit ... And Isabella goes "I'm the king of God! Joseph ... she goes, who is Joseph? And I knew exactly what she's talking about because you know I always feel like Joseph, you know how his brothers threw him into the pit and sold him into slavery, kind of like what my sister did to me ..."
What’s Next For Tequila/Thien
Tequila wished her YouTube fans a Happy New Year and proudly boasted that in 2019 she and her daughters would be very rich. If you want a piece of Tequila in your home, she announced that she is selling her paintings on Etsy for 50k ...