What happened to Tila Tequila? What is she doing in 2024?

What happened to Tila Tequila? What is she doing in 2024?

For many years, Tila Tequila was a household name in the American entertainment industry. Did you know she was once named the Queen of Myspace? Myspace was a social networking site that is no longer in use. As a media personality who knew how to stir the waves, she starred in a Bachelor-type reality series. Sixteen straight men and sixteen gay women competed for her love.

Tila Tequila at the Annual Guys Choice Awards
Tila Tequila arrives at Spike TV's Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, California. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic (modified by author)
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Before exiting from the limelight, Tila Tequila was the queen of controversies. She was known for doing crazy things to remain relevant in entertainment. She now leads a private life, and numerous people are curious about her current life.

Profile summary

Full nameNguyễn Thị Thiên Thanh
NicknamesTila Tequila, Miss Tila, Tila Nguyen, Tornado Thien
Date of birth24 October 1981
Age42 years (as of 2024)
Place of birthSingapore
Current residenceCalifornia, United States of America
Zodiac signScorpio
ReligionChristianity (formerly Buddhist)
Height4 ft 11 in (150 cm)
Weight104 lb (47 kg)
Body measurements 39-26-37 in
Hair colourLight brown
Eye colourDark brown
Marital statusMarried
Alma materAlief Hastings High School
ProfessionModel, singer, television personality, songwriter, social media personality, actress, writer, and blogger

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Who is Tila Tequila?

Tila Tequila is a model, singer, television personality, songwriter, social media personality, actress, writer, and blogger. She came into the limelight on Myspace, a now-defunct social networking platform.

Tila Tequila's real name is Nguyễn Thị Thiên Thanh. Her nicknames are Miss Tila, Tila Nguyen, or Tornado Thien.

When did Tila Tequila get famous?

The reality television personality became famous in the early 2000s. She was quite active on Myspace and had a significant fanbase. She was named the most famous person on the site.

How old is Tila Tequila?

The reality television personality is 42 years old as of 2024. She was born on 24 October 1981, and her Zodiac sign is Scorpio.

What is Tila Tequila's nationality?

The reality television personality's nationality is Singaporean. She was born in Singapore. Her parents relocated to Singapore to escape the Vietnam War.

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When she was about one year old, her family immigrated to Houston, Texas, United States of America, where she was raised.

Her family resided in a Buddhist gated community in Houston. As a result, she was raised according to Buddhist doctrines and values. Her family left the gated community when she was eight.

What is Tila Tequila's ethnicity?

The reality television personality's ethnicity is mixed. She has Vietnamese and French ancestry. Her father's roots are Vietnamese, while her mother is French-Vietnamese.

Top-5 facts about Tila Tequila
Top-5 facts about Tila Tequila. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic (modified by author)
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Family background

The reality television personality is the youngest in a family of three. She has an older brother named Daniel, and Terri is her sister's name.

As a growing child, the model felt confused by environmental and family issues. This resulted in her becoming an aggressive child. She ran away from home to Queens, New York City, at only 16.

Educational background

The model went to multiple schools because of her problematic behaviour. In middle school, her parents sent her to boarding school for six months to try and curb her aggressive behaviour.

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In 2000, she graduated from Alief Hastings High School. She proceeded to college, where she took a few classes before deciding not to pursue a college education. Instead, she put all her effort into the entertainment industry.


In 2001, Tila Tequila moved to Los Angeles, California, United States of America, to pursue modelling. A Playboy modelling agent discovered her at the Sharpstown Mall.

The agent offered her an opportunity to model without clothes. Her test shoot happened a short while later.

On 22 April 2002, she was featured as Playboy's Cybergirl of the Week. Not long afterwards, she was named the first-ever Asian Cyber Girl of the Month. She appeared in the Playboy magazine multiple times.

Music and acting career

While in California, Tila developed an interest in rock music. She looked for a band to join. It was not long before she became a member of Beyond Betty Jean. She was the band's songwriter and singer.

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The band broke up after a short while, so she focussed on writing music and honing her vocal skills. She later joined a band called Jealousy as the lead singer.

The band released a few tracks before breaking up. In 2003, she became a reality television star on VH1's Surviving Nugent. The show required contestants to engage in unconventional and compromising stunts for Ted Nugent.

Besides appearing on the show, Tila Tequila gained a lot of attention in the import racing scene. She appeared on the cover of car magazines and car shows.

In the fall of 2003, she joined Myspace. She became so famous that she was named the Myspace Queen in 2006.

Following her newly found fame, she hosted many episodes of the first season of Pants-Off Dance-Off. In April 2006, it was announced that she was signed with the Will.I.Am music group.

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She released her first single, I Love U, in February 2007. She released her first EP in March 2007.

The Saturday Team sued her for breaching the terms of her contract, so the music was removed from most retailers.

In April 2007, she appeared on the game show titled Identity and made a cameo appearance on War At Home. She was also featured on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

In May 2007, she started filming the reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. The bisexual-themed show involved 16 straight men and 16 gay women competing for her love. In 2007 and 2008, the model released more music.

Below is a summary of some of Tila Tequila's movies and TV shows.

Surviving Nugent2003Self (contestant)
THS Investigates2006Self
The War at Home2007Self
Chelsea Lately2007Self
Tila Tequila's New Year's Eve Masquerade 20082008Host
MTV Spring Break: Tila Tequila's Spring Break Fantasy Couple2008Self
The Great Debate2009Self
The Cleveland Show2010Self
The Gossip Queens2010Self
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis2011Self
NY Ink2012Self
Big Brother's Bit on the Side2015Self
Celebrity Big Brother2015Self
15 Minutes2016Self

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Authorship, blogging, & businesses

In 2008, the television personality published a self-help book titled Hooking Up with Tila Tequila: A Guide to Love, Fame, Happiness, Success, and Being the Life of the Party.

In 2010, she changed her stage name to Miss Tila and released more music. She also launched a celebrity gossip blog.

The same year, an adult video she featured in was leaked online. She tried to buy back the tape before its release but could not come to terms with Vivid Entertainment.

In August 2015, she was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother. She was kicked out after one day. Shortly after being eliminated from the show, she announced her line of e-liquids for vaporisers in collaboration with Blaze Vapors. She also sold artwork online under the nickname Tornado Thien.

What is Tila Tequila's net worth?

The reality television personality's net worth is allegedly $700k. She has earned her wealth from multiple sources, including modelling, music, blogging, and publishing a book.

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Tila Tequila at the MTV Movie Awards
The model arrives at the MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
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Is Tila Tequila married?

The model and singer is married to a man whose name remains undisclosed in the public domain. She gave birth to her first daughter, Isabella Monroe Nguyen, on 16 November 2014.

Isabella's father is Thomas Whitaker. The model has primary physical custody of Isabella. Her second daughter, Anabelle, was born in September 2018.

Before getting married, she was in several relationships. She was romantically linked to Lisa Dumont, Nick Carter, Ian Watkins, Shawne Merriman, André Benjamin, Jared Leto, Bobby Banhart, Dani Campbell, and Ray J.

Between 2007 and 2010, she was in a relationship with Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson. The two got engaged in 2009.

Casey passed away on 4 January 2010 due to diabetic ketoacidosis. Following Casey's death, the model said:

"I’m trying to remember what’s good. She was such a loving and beautiful person. I want people to remember her as that.”

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Talking about how they met, she said:

“We just hated each other through gossip. When people talk about someone you have preconceived judgments. But one day I texted and she was the cutest thing ever. She was nothing I had envisioned. I thought, I cannot believe this is the Casey Johnson people used to tell me about.”

She was linked to Billy Corgan, Courtenay Semel, The Game, Kate Major, and Thomas Paxton Whitaker after Casey's demise.

Tila Tequila sexuality

When A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila ended, the model was dating Bobby Banhart. The two broke up after a short while.

During the show, her sexuality was bisexual, as both men and women worked hard to win her heart.

After the show ended, she came out as gay rather than bisexual. She claimed that she wanted to pick Dani Campbell at the end of her relationship, but producers made her choose Bobby Banhart.

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Later on, she claimed she was not part of the LGBTQIA+ community. She went on to say that she pretended to be a member of the community to increase the show's ratings. She further revealed that she had a boyfriend when the show was being filmed.

What happened to Tila Tequila?

In early 2012, the television personality attempted to take her life by overdosing on pills. She was hospitalised with a brain condition due to the incident. She checked into a rehab facility after the incident.

In 2015, she was selected as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother. She was evicted after one day after producers became aware that she had earlier posted pro-Hitler and anti-semitic comments on social media.

Was Tila Tequila's Instagram account banned?

Yes, the model does not have a verified IG account. She has had her social media accounts suspended or banned for posting rants that others found offensive or insensitive.

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Where is Tila Tequila now?

The television personality is no longer in the limelight. She leads a private life, and her primary focus is raising her family and running her businesses.

She is now a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. In 2019, she was reportedly working on a gospel album after giving her life to Jesus Christ.

She started an online fundraiser to assist her in recording the album. She raised a fraction of her goal, and the album is yet to be released.

How tall is Tila Tequila?

The television personality is 4 ft 11 in or 150 cm tall and weighs about 104 lb or 47 kg. Her hair is light brown, and her eyes are dark brown. Her body measurements are 39-26-37 in.


  • She was ranked #100 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
  • Her dress size is 6 (US)/ 38 (EU)/ 10 (UK), and her shoe size is 5.5 (US)/ 36 (EU).
  • Jessica Cohen is her publicist.
  • On 6 September 2009, she signed a citizen's arrest warrant accusing Shawne Merriman of choking and restraining her as she tried to leave his home.

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