Former porn star Mia Khalifa quit after Islamic State death threats

The 25-year-old Lebanese-American became one of the top performers on Pornhub.
The 25-year-old Lebanese-American became one of the top performers on Pornhub. Photo credit: Mia Khalifa / Twitter

Former porn star Mia Khalifa has revealed she was forced to quit after receiving death threats from Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS).

The 25-year-old Lebanese-American became one of the top performers on Pornhub - but her work led to condemnation from conservative religious leaders in the Middle East.

In one of her most famous adult films, she wears a hijab while having sex with a male actor and an older hijab-wearing actress, who's acting as Khalifa's stepmother. 

"It all started to spiral out of control when the death threats from ISIS started coming in."
"It all started to spiral out of control when the death threats from ISIS started coming in." Photo credit: Screenshot / Pornhub

On a new podcast with disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong, Khalifa said she began to receive death threats from IS, and feared for her safety.

"It all started to spiral out of control when the death threats from ISIS started coming in. That's when I stepped away," she said.

"As soon as I started to gain popularity, that's when I was like, 'Get the f*** out of this.' This was not what I was trying to do whatsoever. I just wanted to let loose and rebel a little bit."

Khalifa also expressed regret for her porn work.

"Looking back on it I don't know what I was thinking... I was 21 and dumb," she told Armstrong.

"It didn't validate me. Nothing like that ever does. That's not what you should be doing to try and build your self-esteem."

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