“I feel like I got gang-banged by the f***ing planet – like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me,” she said.
In fact, many people were very open about viewing the photos for their own sexual gratification. In their minds, it was very easy to dismiss Lawrence as a celebrity who has chosen to live a life in the public eye, and therefore everyone had a right to her intimate photographs.
“You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone,” she said. “That was a really impossible thing to process.”
At the time of the hack, Lawrence had been in a relationship with her X-Men costar Nicholas Hoult for four years. She felt motivated to send him nude photos because their respective careers had forced the pair into a long-distance relationship.
“A lot of women were affected, and a lot of them reached out to me about suing Apple or suing [others] – and none of that was going to really bring me peace, none of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and Nic [Hoult], the person that they were intended for,” Lawrence said.
“It was not going to bring any of that back. So I wasn’t interested in suing everybody; I was just interested in healing.”
What the young actress found difficult to deal with was the pressure that she was under to uphold an impeccably wholesome image. After the whole debacle, she felt the need to repress her sexuality, or else she would be seen as a bad role model.
“I think, like, a year and a half ago, someone said something to me about how I was ‘a good role model for girls,’ and I had to go into the bathroom and sob because I felt like an imposter.”
“I felt like, ‘I can’t believe somebody still feels that way after what happened.’ It’s so many different things to process when you’ve been violated like that.”
What happened to Lawrence and the other victims of the 2014 celebrity iCloud leak is despicable and should never have been possible in the first place. However, Lawrence dealt with it in the maturest way possible, and we applaud her for her response.
If you are under any illusions that the iCloud leak was perfectly acceptable given that she’s a public figure, well the 27-year-old Oscar winner has some choice words for you. Take a look at this:
We wish Lawrence and all of those affected by hacking all the best in recovering from their ordeals.