High School Musical honey Vanessa Hudgens gets her chance to explain those nice little naked photos that hit the web last year, as she's holding court on the cover of February's Seventeen.
First of all, good for the mag for taking a chance and putting V on the cover -- I'm sure they are getting tons of hate mail from moms and dads alike for "supporting" Vanessa's dirty actions. I think it's good that the teen star gets a chance to speak out in a place where her fans are going to hear her. And though I don't think she should do a PSA about keeping your clothes on for the Disney channel, at least some of her more mature followers will get the message. "It was very traumatic, and I am extremely upset it happened," she tells the mag. "I hope all my fans can learn from my mistake and make smart decisions."
Okay, but how did she explain the news to her mom? I can't imagine having to tell my mother anything of that sort now, at 33, OR being the mother who hears that news. "I was just open with her, and she was just so cute," Vanessa said of her, seemingly, very tolerant mom. "She was like, 'Well, everyone can be naked if they want to.' [Laughs] My parents are very supportive of me. And they know I'm a teenager, and yes, kids do stupid things sometimes."
Finally, Vanessa is moving on and putting those pictures behind her, but warns her fans to be very careful about who they let in to their personal business. "It's very unfortunate because with the Internet these days, you don't have a personal life. Nothing is private: Everyone knows everything, and they can find out everything about you... you have to be aware of the people you're around."
No kidding. Some of my friends would have been shamed for the rest of their lives, if the internet was around when we were kids. I don't have to name names -- you know who you are...