In the latest issue of Seventeen magazine, Hudgens said she's not sorry for taking the risqué picture, which she repeatedly called "private," but sorry instead for getting caught.
"It's very unfortunate, because with the Internet these days, you don't have a personal life," she told the magazine for its February cover story. "Nothing is private: Everyone knows everything, and they can find out everything about you. You're not as safe as you think you are, and you have to be aware of the people you're around. It was something that was meant to be private, and even though it isn't anymore, I'd still like to keep it as private as I can."
Hudgens' remarks to the magazine somewhat contradict an earlier statement issued days after the leak by her management, in which she apologized to her fans and said she felt embarrassment and "regret [at] having ever taken these photos."
Although she recently admitted to Seventeen that the incident was "traumatic" and made her "extremely upset," she said she's "much better now" thanks in large part to her "family, friends, and fans, who supported me all along the way."
Specifically, she singled out her mother to the magazine as particularly supportive.
"I was just open with her, and she was just so cute. She was like, 'Well, everyone can be naked if they want to,' " Hudgens told Seventeen. "My parents are very supportive of me. And they know I'm a teenager, and yes, kids do stupid things sometimes."
According to the article, Hudgens found out about the photo leak while out of the country. She claims the distance made her better equipped to deal with the resulting fallout.
"I found out from my manager," she revealed. "We heard some story was going to break in the tabloids, and I was like, 'What?!?' A few days later, the picture came out while I was on vacation in Australia. Thank God I wasn't home. It would have sucked if I was at home. So I got to be away from L.A. for about a millisecond. But when I came back, it got kind of crazy.
"I hope all my fans can learn from my mistake and make smart decisions," she concluded.