Vanessa Hudgens says "stupid people" leaked the nude photos of her online last year.
"I think people thought I took it lighter than I really did," the High School Musical star, 19, said of the incident in a new interview with Good Morning America Radio. "For me, it was really tough because I’m a private person and for something like that to happen, it’s so mean."
She said the experience was "horrible ... it sucked. But thankfully it’s over and it’s in the past.”
How did she survive?
“My fans were amazing because they have stood by my side. They really are my core group," she said. "My family’s always there for me. I just surround myself with good people and try to think of good things.”
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In February, Hudgens — who just dropped her new disc Identified — said she was upfront with her mom about the shots.
"I was just open with her, and she was just so cute," Hudgens told Seventeen. "She was like, 'Well, everyone can be naked if they want to.' My parents are very supportive of me. And they know I’m a teenager, and yes, kids do stupid things sometimes."
The biggest lesson she learned?
"Nothing is private," she told the magazine. "Everyone knows everything, and they can find out everything about you... you have to be aware of the people you’re around