Jennifer Lawrence Breaks Silence on Nude Photo Leak in Vanity Fair
Jennifer Lawrence has broken her silence on the invasive nude photo leak — and the ‘Hunger Games’ actress does not mince words.
Looking the very picture of glamour on the November 2014 cover of Vanity Fair, Lawrence speaks about the privacy violation with the kind of vehement passion we’ve come to expect (and admire) from the Academy Award-winning star.
She explains that while she initially was tempted to release a statement after the photos were leaked, “every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry,” she says. “I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for.”
“I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years,” she continues, presumably speaking about her relationship with her ‘X-Men’ co-star Nicholas Hoult. “It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
And as for the people who claim that Lawrence should put up with that kind of violation of privacy because she’s in the public eye, well, the actress has something to say about that as well.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she reveals. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she adds. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
She also has a message for those who looked at the photos — even her own friends.
“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame,” she says. “Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.”
And with the leak, Lawrence was forced to call her father and explain what happened — a conversation no one ever wants to have.
“When I have to make that phone call to my dad and tell him what’s happened … I don’t care how much money I get for ‘The Hunger Games,’ I promise you, anybody given the choice of that kind of money or having to make a phone call to tell your dad that something like that has happened, it’s not worth it.”
“Time does heal, you know. I’m not crying about it anymore,” she says. “I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”
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