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Cape Town – Vanessa Hudgens is opening up about the "fucked up" nude pic scandal that left her "traumatised".
In 2007 when the Disney star was 18 years old, a nude photo of her leaked online. Of course, being part of the High School Musical franchise at the time, the actor and singer had many fans.
According to E! News she said in a statement back then, "I want to apologise to my fans, whose support and trust mean the world to me. I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos. I am thankful for the support of my family and friends."
"Vanessa has apologised for what was obviously a lapse in judgment," network spokeswoman Patti McTeague added. "We hope she's learned a valuable lesson."
Now, in an interview with Cosmopolitan UK, the 31-year-old is getting candid about the whole situation.
Though she wasn't seen as a victim back then, even though her privacy was breached, The Knight Before Christmas star says it's as though when you're in the spotlight, people feel you aren't entitled to said privacy.
"It was a really traumatising thing for me. It's really fucked up that people feel like they are entitled enough to share something that personal with the world. As an actor, you completely lose all grip of your own privacy and it's really sad."
She adds, "It feels like that shouldn't be the case, but unfortunately if enough people are interested, they're going to do everything they can to get to know as much about you as they can, which is flattering, I guess, but then people take it too far and end up divulging things that should be personal."
The February cover star has come a long way from her Disney days. She says she's always been a big advocate of "being true to yourself".
"As long as you hold your ground, no one will bring you down," she says.
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