An Instagram influencer who claimed she had six men ‘on rotation’ after separating from her husband says she lied about being a ‘sex addict’ on national television.
Nadia Bokody, from Sydney, said she spent years trying to break into the media industry as a journalist with a large following on social media.
But it wasn’t until she went public about her sexual experiences during a live TV interview that people started to care about what she had to say.
In an opinion piece for news.com.au, the columnist expressed a deep regret for speaking so candidly about her experiences.
She said the ’15 minutes of fame’ was never worth spreading false information and lying about sex addiction, which she now claims is a fake medical condition.
Nadia Bokody, from Sydney, said she spent years trying to break into the media industry, but it wasn’t until she went public about her sexual rendezvous that people started to care about what she had to say
Ms Bokody said she went on The Morning Show with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies last year after meeting with a life coach who suggested she had a sex addiction.
She researched briefly and then decided he might be right, so she pitched a column about her experiences as a sex-obsessed divorcee to the media.
She said producers ‘could barely contain their elation’ and soon she was fronting national television, ‘lying’ about having an addiction to sex.
‘The lie spread like wildfire,’ she said. ‘But as the opportunities kept coming, so too, did the pressure to stick to my story.’
She said producers ‘could barely contain their elation’ and soon she was fronting national television, lying about a condition she may or may not have actually had
Ms Bokody said she eventually grew tired of being known only as a sex addict, and after a quick look at the DSM-5, which is the most up-to-date manual in the psychiatric industry, she learned sex addiction is not a recognised condition.
She said the discovery spurred on more research, and she eventually learned not one medical journal or respected authority recognised sex addiction.
Ms Bokody now believes the diagnosis is a money-making mechanism.
‘The addiction industry is worth an estimated $35 billion a year, with so-called sexual disorders raking in a significant portion of the kitty,’ she said.
‘In short, diseasing human sexuality is big business. Not to mention, well-rating entertainment.’
The writer and influencer now wants to speak out against people who are quick to diagnose a ‘sex addiction’ or judge others about their sex life.
‘All I know to be true today, is this. I am not a sex addict. I no longer prescribe to the ideology of sex addiction, and I regret my role in contributing to it,’ she said.
The columnist wrote an opinion piece where she expressed a deep regret for speaking so candidly about her experiences
When discussing her addiction at the time, Ms Bokody said her need for sex impacted every aspect of her life.
‘It came to a point where it was really affecting my ability to go about my day… I was finding it very difficult to focus at work and at one point I left on my lunch break to have a casual encounter with someone I had just met online,’ she told The Morning Show in 2018.
‘Having that encounter was very lonely and very empty and I realised it wasn’t filling me at all.’
‘We are quite comfortable with thinking of addiction as something that’s tied to something quite tangible, like an illicit substance or alcohol, but we have a very hard time as a society accepting that people can be addicted to something less tangible, like love or sex,’ she explained.
‘But addiction is a cerebral process, it’s got very little to do with the substance of choice and so much more to do with chasing that high, that dopamine hit that we all get when we engage in something pleasurable.’
Ms Bokody said she went on The Morning Show with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies shortly after a life coach she had only just started working with said what she was describing sounded like a sex addiction