Although she's moved on from that drama, the Disney star is addressing why she felt the need to speak out about it back in February. "In any situation in life, you are going to be faced with things that are hurtful or faced with things that you might have to use your voice to stand up for yourself, and I just felt like that was one of those moments," she told MTV News.
"So I pulled myself together. I became that 18-year-old woman, I thought about what my parents taught me and what they had instilled in me - being educators - and I took my time and crafted something that I felt like was the right way to respond to something like that, while making it something positive, making it something that would educate people," she continued.
Back in February, Giuliana sparked controversy when she referenced Zendaya's dreadlocks, saying she looked like "she smells like patchouli oil...or maybe weed." Her Fashion Police co-hosts, Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, ended up leaving the show after that.
The "Replay" singer she didn't know what the reaction to her post would be, adding, "I just wanted that young kid out there who's maybe getting teased about whatever to know that they have a voice and they can stand up for themselves and it's not okay."
Although Zendaya said she didn't know if she would ever agree to return to the show as a guest, she told Us Weekly she hopes the E! show becomes more "positive."
"I just hope they learn and grow from it and are able to make a positive change with their show," the 18-year-old told Us when asked about the return of the controversial show, which launched an epic scandal. "Hopefully [they're] able to take a more positive spin and we're all able to learn from it at the same time."
Aside from that, Zendaya is focusing on her career. She's been busy working on her own shoe line, shooting K.C. Undercover and is set to host the Radio Disney Music Awards this Sunday.
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