Tila Tequila, real name Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen is an American television and social media star who rose to prominence with the reality dance show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. Her immense popularity on the social media platform ‘MySpace’ enhanced her career, exploring opportunities onto different platforms, making her one of the popular celebrities in the entertainment industry. After her ex-fiancée and Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson died from “natural causes” in 2010, Tila Tequila’s battles with mental health and addiction really took a turn for the worse. From her fake suicide attempts, her sex tapes, her documented claims of satanic possession and love of Hitler, take a look at how Tila Tequila’s life has changed over the years and where she is now in 2021. Hint: Jesus is in the picture and she had 2 kids!
Tila Tequila: Whatever Happened To The Controversial Social Media Figure?
Tila “Tequila” Nguyen real name Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen was born in Singapore on October 24, 1981. The future reality star’s parents were Vietnamese refugees and her family moved to Houston, Texas when she was a year old. In Houston, the family lived in a gated community run by a strict Buddhist temple. The family left the community when Nguyen was eight. In high school, the future reality star started using drugs and joined a gang.
Tila Tequila’s childhood was mixed with drama, trying addictive substances at the age of eleven, and becoming friends with a dangerous company in the locality.
Apparently, her friends gave her the nickname “Tila Tequila” due to her allergy to alcohol.
Tila Tequila began to drink at thirteen and was also a big fan of nightclubs. It is during those days that the future reality star would often use her sister’s credentials to enter clubs. The future reality star was transferred to a boarding school for some months when she was fourteen. At fifteen, she got her first tattoo and began to smoke before running away to New York City at sixteen for several months, experienced a drive-by shooting, and became pregnant before suffering a miscarriage.
Once the most popular person on Myspace, Tila Tequila received her primary education from various schools. Tila Tequila’s Vietnamese parents who arrived from Vietnam after the Vietnam War to Singapore had to transfer her to different schools due to her aggressive nature. She, then, attended Alief Hastings High school and graduated in 2000 and in 2001 she moved to California to try and become a model. She took some college classes but never obtained a degree.
Who is Tila Tequila Dating?
Tila Tequila has been in a relationship with the following people:
- Nick Carter – TT was then rumored to be dating Nick.
- Ray J – TT had a fling with him in 2006.
- Dani Campbell (2007) – TT and Dani hooked up with each other in 2007.
- Bobby Banhart (2007) – TT and Bobby briefly dated.
- Casey Johnson – TT and Casey engaged in December 2009, but Casey died on January 4, 2010 due to complications from diabetes.
- Billy Corgan (2009) – TT dated Billy for a short period of time.
- Courtenay Semel (2009) – TT was romantically linked up with Courtenay Semel, who is the daughter of Terry Semel (former CEO and Chairman of Yahoo! Inc.).
- Kate Major (2010) – TT had a fling with Kate Major supposedly.
- Thomas Paxton Whitaker (2013-2014) – TT and Thomas both bated briefly, due to which she became pregnant in 2014. She welcomed a baby girl Isabella Monroe in November 2014 and he was the baby daddy.
In 2007, the social media star was linked to the winner of her dating show “A Shot at Love”, Bobby Banhart. The reality dance show star revealed that they had broken up in January 2008, however, Banhart posted a message on MySpace stating the two had never dated and he had never even been given her phone number.
In September 2009, the social media star was allegedly choked and restrained by ex-boyfriend Shawne Merriman. He was later arrested but the San Diego district attorney declined to press charges. Two months later, the social media sued Merriman for $1.5 million. He countersued several weeks later alleging unfair competition and trademark infringement. The Singapore native declined to respond to his suit and a default judgment was entered in his favor for $2 million.
The social media star got engaged to heiress Casey Johnson in 2009. Johnson died on January 3, 2010, due to complications resulting from diabetes.
On March 7, 2012, it was revealed that the social media star had agreed to check into rehab after having almost died by a suicide attempt via a pill overdose. She was hospitalized for a brain aneurysm and completed her rehab treatment in April 2012. She dated musician Thomas Paxton Whitaker in 2013 which ended due to Whitaker’s reported financial problems.
On April 18, 2014, the social media star announced her pregnancy and she gave birth to her first daughter, Isabella Monroe Nguyen, on November 16, 2014. In September 2018, the social media star also gave birth to her second child, Annabelle.
What is Tila Tequila worth?
This reality star has an estimated net worth of $1.8 million dollars as of 2017. Once the most popular person on Myspace, Tila Tequila’s net worth skyrocketed ever since she stormed the fashion world, thanks to her bold, sexy, and alluring persona. She at one point was one of the richest models in the world and also used to run several fashion based online businesses. The reality star also made big from brand endorsements, movies, music and television appearances.
The Singapore native released her first EP (Extended Plays) called “Sex” on March 20, 2007 and her second EP “Welcome to the Dark Side” in 2010. Despite recording breaking deals with record labels, the reality star has released dozens of independent singles.
In 2007, the reality star made her acting debut with the comedy film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry as a Hooters Girl.
In 2003, the social media personality was cast in the reality show, Surviving Nugent which aired on VH1. Since then, the Vietnamese personality has hosted a number of shows including Pants-Off Dance-Off (2006), THS Investigates: Online Nightmares (2006), and Bullrun: Cops, Cars & Superstars IV (2007) and her own reality series A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila featured in MTV in 2008.
As a model, the social media personality has affiliated with a few brands and promoted them as well.
What did Tila Tequila do?
The reality dance show star’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 October 2009, the Singapore native 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.” The Myspace social media personality then went into treatment and apologized for her behavior.
Also, this year in November, a10 second clip of Tequila was uploaded on 4tube.com. Reports started circling that a 15-minute sex tape of the Myspace star, shot in 2004, would soon go public.
In December, Tequila announced that she was engaged to Johnson and Johnson heiress Casey Johnson on Ustream. Casey Johnson and Tila 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!” Casey Johnson and Tila were spotted shopping together shortly after showing off their rings.
In January 2010 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 the Singapore native’s death was ruled as “natural.”
Weeks after the death of her fiancée, the reality dance show star claimed that she was pregnant with The Game’s child. According to Tequila, she got pregnant by 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 viciously denied her claims of pregnancy.
By February, nobody believed that the reality dance show star was pregnant until she posted a photo of a sonogram. Unfortunately, the Singapore native 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, in April 2010, a spokesperson for Tequila confirmed that the Myspace star was no longer pregnant. Her publicist hinted that she suffered a miscarriage stating, “She’s not pregnant. There were medical complications.”
In June, frantic fans called the police after the reality show star posted a disturbing video of a bloody wrist onto her website insinuating she was attempting suicide. Tila’s location was unknown and police launched a full blown search, which spanned several counties and lasted five hours total.
It turned out that the “attempt” was actually a hoax that wasted a lot of time and resources. The Myspace star 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.
By August, Myspace social media personality 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. The dance reality show personality then tried to escape to her trailer, but the angry guests followed her and broke the windows. No arrests were made and Tequila was photographed boasting images of her bruises.
Two months later, more sex tape drama was released In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline, Tila Tequila stated that she was being extorted over the sex tape featuring her ex-boyfriend, which was shot in 2004.
Tila Tequila successfully bought the rights to her sex tape and stopped it from being released to the public in January 2011.
Later, a second sex tape of Tequila was leaked to the public that same month on PornHub but this time it was with two women.
Vivid Entertainment wanted to release the tape themselves and sent a letter demanding PornHub remove the footage.
The myspace social media personality 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 Tila Tequila and she declined.
By March 2012, Tila Tequila voluntarily checked into rehab after being hospitalized for a week due to a brain aneurysm and alleged drug overdose. A source told RadarOnline stated that the Myspace social media star had suffered a brain aneurysm in the middle of the night and began to think irrationally.
Tila Tequila 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. The social media personality was screaming for help, and in desperation, broke her bedroom window and attempted to jump out.” The once famous social media star was later able to complete her rehab treatment in April and laid low for a while.
Next year in April 2013, Tila Tequila went back to posting videos on YouTube with bold and erratic claims. The once famous social media star posted an alarming video claiming that she had superhuman powers and could create energy.
By the year-end in Decemeber, the Singapore native had more to say and turned to Facebook to release her bizarre inner thoughts and conspiracies. The Myspace social media star 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 armband in front of Auschwitz claiming she was “HITLER REBORN.” Tequila also claimed to be an alien from another planet who could time travel.
To add to her craziness in April 2014, Tila Tequila shocked the world after posting a selfie announcing that she was 10 weeks pregnant. Tila Tequila’s baby daddy was revealed as Thomas Paxton, and he gladly told the world that he believed Tila Tequila was going to be a great mom. However, he quickly changed his tune, and they started fighting publicly online.
Sources from Radar obtained exclusive text messages that Tequila sent to Whitaker lashing out over the fact that his daughter “Briana is dating a N*****.” The social media star’s vicious use of the N-word turned the world against her, but Tila Tequila claimed that her phone was hacked and she never sent the texts.
By November 2014, Tila Tequila gave birth to her first daughter, Isabella.
Despite her racist rants and troubled past the ex-social media star 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 the Singapore native 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 Tila Tequila- she proved them wrong when she thought it would be a good idea to upload a photo to Instagram of her daughter, Isabella, dressed up as Hitler which annoyed everyone online.
In 2016, Vietnamese but Singapore-born Tila 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, the Myspace star 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!”
By June 2016, Tila 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.”
In November 2016, Tila 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 the social media personality was a featured guest at the National Policy Institute’s convention celebrating Trump’s election. The convention was hosted by white nationalist Richard Spencer.
The next year in November 2017 after getting suspended from Twitter, this social media personality wanted to dip her toes into YouTube and happened to pull it off as she is presently 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. The Nazi lover 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. The ex-social media personality insisted that Johnson was sacrificed by the Hilton sisters and Yahoo founder, Terry Semel’s daughter Courtenay Semel.
In early 2018, after battling Whitaker over custody of their daughter, the social media star revealed that she was pregnant with her second child.
By August, the ex-Myspace and social media star 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 as witnessed by her first posted photo 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!”
At the end of the year, Tila Tequila posted a video of her drug test results on YouTube to prove to her haters that she was sober.
2 years ago, Tila 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 and she has also get up a gofundme account.
Where Is Tila Tequila Today?
The former freewheeling bisexual babe became a born-again Evangelical Christian.
The once famous Myspace star has re-branded herself again, this time as Tornado Thien. Although she hasn’t been active on Instagram since 2018, she posts regularly to her YouTube channel: The Lord Your Righteousness.
When she’s not performing sermons or trying to convince us that the earth is flat, she’s a mom with primary physical custody of her 7-year-old daughter Isabella. That’s not to say she’s given up on her singing to bring home the money as she has a GoFundMe to raise funds to record a gospel album.
In many of the former social media star’s videos, she claims that God has called on her to release testimonies. The Singapore native is often sporting a diff look as she is makeup-free and wearing a scarf around her head while she praises God for money, new cars, and her two daughters. In fact, her daughter, Isabella, has also been used for her testimonies and the ex-media star even claimed that God and the Holy Spirit used her daughter to send divine messages.
While purchasing a new car, Tila Tequila 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 …”
As of 2021, Tila Tequila is yet to come out with anything, so we will have to wait and see. Although the ex-social media star continues to post daily (if not hourly) videos on her YouTube religious channel she talks about, you guessed it, the Lord. It is not verified, but the woman in the videos is clearly Tila, or however, she wishes to be known now, so feel free to check out her religious journey or keep up with her life post-fame.