High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale has opened up about the huge levels of criticism she received after having surgery on her nose in back 2007, calling it a "very traumatic experience" that makes her "emotional to this day."
In a post on her website Frenshe, Tisdale opened up about the backlash she suffered after undergoing rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum 14 years ago, saying that she was caught off-guard during a recent interview when she was asked about it, and wanted to take back control of the story.
"At the time, it didn’t feel like THAT big of a deal to me because the decision was based on serious health issues I was having. To be clear, it was not about changing my appearance. After several doctor’s visits about my health issues, they also suggested shaving my 'bump' down. I was young and didn’t put much thought into it, so I decided, why not? It wasn’t a big deal to me nor was it like I was dreaming of the day I’d get a nose job. On the other hand, I have ZERO judgment towards anyone who does look forward to that day—your body, your choice."
She continued, "In the aftermath and the hardest part, was not the recovery but the media who constantly tried to paint a picture of me as someone who didn’t like their appearance. I loved myself, but I was just a very unaware person at that time (as you all have seen my wardrobe choices LOL!). I was proud of who I was back then, and still proud now."
"Plastic surgery wasn’t culturally accepted then like it is now," she continued. "When I got it done I was scrutinized, judged, and made to feel ashamed over my decision. I made a decision that was no one’s business (and is STILL no one’s business) and for that decision, I was constantly made to feel bad about it.
She also commented on the interview that had motivated her to comment on the issue, saying, " It’s not easy being vulnerable and I felt like that was taken advantage of during this interview.
"I’m choosing to look at this interview (which was a bummer) as a positive. It brought up a very dark time in my life. Things like having paparazzi break into my home to get the “first shot”, and feeling like I let people down were the first things that came to mind. BUT I’m choosing to see this as a push to face it, write it down and finally let go," she added.
You can read Ashley's statement in full here.
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