The electro-pop stars, who have been romantically involved since 2006, took to Facebook.com on Monday (09May16) to warn fans about the intimate footage, which has surfaced on the Internet.

In the lengthy post, Bechtolt and Evans insist the explicit film was "intended for us only", but it was made public by "one morally abject person", who they are currently preparing to sue.

As a result of the unexpected leak, the pair has decided to make the most of the controversy by offering the footage to fans themselves in a bid to take control of the situation.

"This video is out there now," they wrote. "We can't change that. But we can try to be 'as YACHT as possible' about it and take some kind of ownership over what has happened."

The couple has set up a specially-dedicated website, which features a message from the duo, stating: "If you absolutely must see this video, we ask that you refrain from downloading it from a torrent, or streaming it on a tube site. Controlling how this video is seen, and who profits from it, is the only form of agency we have left over this exploitative situation."