Washington, July 10 : American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens said the release of her nude photos online last year was done by "stupid people".
The incident had affected the 19-year-old High School Musical star more than she cared to show, making people believe that she could not care less about it.
"I think people thought I took it lighter than I really did," Usmagazine quoted her as saying 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.
As of now, she is just grateful that the incident is behind her, even though it was the most harrowing experience she ever went through.
"The experience was horrible ... it sucked. But thankfully it's over and it's in the past," she stated.
"My fans were amazing because they have stood by my side. They really are my core group.
"My family's always there for me. I just surround myself with good people and try to think of good things," she said.
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.
"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," she added.