Vanessa Hudgens Opened Up About Her "Traumatizing" Nude Photo Leak
Vanessa Hudgens is opening up about having her nude photo leaked at the beginning of her fame in 2007.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan U.K., she discussed what it was like to have her privacy violated, and what it was like to be shamed and forced to apologize.
"It was a really traumatizing thing for me," she said. "It’s really f—ed 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. 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."
In 2007, the then-Disney Channel star issued an apology after a nude photo of her was leaked online, saying in a statement, "I want to apologize to my fans, whose support and trust means 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."
Hudgens told Cosmo U.K. that she felt there was a line that got crossed that enabled people to feel an entitlement towards her. It's a sentiment that has been echoed in the past by other celebrities that have been victims of hackers leaking their private media.
"I think that is because there’s a disconnect when you see your favorite actress on the screen, and you see them now on your TV in your homes, and you can watch them whenever you want," she said. "There’s almost – I don’t want to say lack of respect because that sounds negative – but it just makes you feel like you know them even though you don’t."