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Vanessa Hudgens' Regrets Her Coronavirus Pandemic Comments, 'Feels Terrible'

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By Zachary Holt

This past week, actress Vanessa Hudgens put her metaphorical foot in her mouth when she made some tone-deaf and insensitive comments on Instagram regarding quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the comments, which were broadcasted to people on social media, Hudgens reacts to the news that the viral outbreak might last until July or August. The actress expressed that the notion of it lasting that long was 'bullsh-t' and insinuated people dying from the coronavirus was 'inevitable'. Naturally, people were pretty livid with the actress' remarks and condemned what was said.

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Hudgens Regrets the Insensitive Coronavirus Comments She Made

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A source close to Hudgens spoke to HollywoodLife! and shared that the actress was deeply sorry for her insensitive commentary, and that she didn't realize she was offending people until the damage was already done. Hudgens is hoping to use this incident as a learning experience.

"Vanessa hates that her rant on Instagram took such a life of its own and she now knows that she has to do some damage control," they explained. "It took a minute to realize that she offended people but she is taking it as a learning experience and is actually hurt that she hurt people."

'She Hopes Time Will Heal All Wounds As She's Genuinely Upset...'

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"She hopes time will heal all wounds as she is genuinely upset that she upset people. It is not the person she is and she hopes people accept her apology that she has given," the insider continued.

Even though there's nothing Hudgens can do to take back the words, she's using the 'cancellation' as an opportunity to learn from her mistake and grow. "Vanessa feels terrible for what she said and as much as she wishes she could take it back, she knows she can’t so she’s using it as a lesson," a second source shared with HollywoodLife.

The Actress Realizes the Power of Her Platform and Speaking Carefully

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"She understands that she has a platform with social media and that her words have power and she needs to choose her words carefully," the source continued. "Vanessa never meant any harm, and of course, she is sorry for anybody that she may have offended. She knows we’re all in this together and just wants everyone to stay safe."

Hudgens has even taken her apology one step further by changing her Instagram bio to read 'STAY IN!!!!! Don’t go out. Let’s get thru this together'. Amid the backlash she received, the 'High School Musical' alum issued two statements, one on Twitter and the other one Instagram.

Hudgens Issued Apologies to People on Instagram and Twitter Last Week

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"I realized some of my comments are being taken out of context. It’s a crazy time. It’s a crazy, crazy time and I am at home and in lockdown, and I hope that’s what you guys are doing too, in full quarantine and staying safe and sane. Yeah, don’t take this situation lightly — by any means," she said on her Instagram stories this week.

"Hey guys. I’m so sorry for the way I have offended anyone and everyone who has seen the clip from my Instagram live yesterday. I realize my words were insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation our country and the world are in right now," she said on Twitter, echoing the same sentiments. "This has been a huge wake up call about the significance my words have, now more than ever. I’m sending safe wishes to everyone to stay safe and healthy during this crazy time."

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