Jordyn Woods says internet backlash made her who she is today

Woods has since launched a modeling and acting career

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Jordyn Woods, 23, sat down with Natalie Manuel on her YouTube show, Now With Natalie and opened up about internet bullying, fat shaming, and how she dealt with a culture that wanted to cancel her after she made headlines in February 2019 for kissing NBA star, Tristan Thompson while he was still romantically linked with Khloe Kardashian.

Screenshot of Jordyn Woods and Natalie Manuel Lee (via YouTube)

In the beginning of the interview, Woods discussed her formative years and how she lacked confidence due to being overweight.

She said she embraced being a ‘tomboy’ because she was unable to comfortably fit popular teen clothing brands such as Abercrombie.

She admitted to being her own worst critic, but says she has evolved since the scandalous incident with Thompson.

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At that time, Woods was best friends with Kylie Jenner, Kardashian’s sister and the cheating scandal resulted in her fallout with the famous family. There was also tremendous backlash against her on social media.

Woods told Manuel that she is now happy that the incident with Thompson happened, but not for the reasons that some might suspect. “I’m happy that I was able to become who I am today,” she reflected.

“I’m not happy that people were hurt and people had to go through what they went through,” Woods admitted. “It was a lot for my family, other families, friends, and not in a million years did I have an intention to do anything bad to anyone I love.”

Recalling her emotional state at that time, Woods said, “I felt like I had no one. You take everything you think you know, everything that you’ve grown up doing, and you take it all away from someone. I didn’t even know how to feel.”

Speaking on how she was able to take responsibility for her part in the controversial matter without carrying shame, Woods said, “It’s easy to beat yourself for things you could have done differently. But you can’t hold onto what you could’ve or should’ve done, you just have to accept what actually happened and then you can let it go.”

Having moved on from the incident, Woods has since launched a lucrative modeling and acting career, and has even dabbled in singing.

Although she never sang professionally, she appeared as the “Kangeroo” on the hit TV show, The Masked Singer, and was a big hit with fans.

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And after being spotted getting cozy with NBA player, Karl-Anthony Towns during her birthday getaway in Cabo, it appears Woods’ love life is not lacking either.

Watch the full interview below:

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