Ashley Tisdale opened up as she lets go of the shame she still harbors about her rhinoplasty procedure. She shared her personal essay to her lifestyle site Frenshe.
The actress admitted that she felt triggered by a recent interview in which she was seemingly asked about going under the knife. She had gone public about her nose job in an attempt to de-stigmatize the procedure. It was especially done because of alleviating health issues like a deviated septum.
“I didn’t do this because I believe in plastic surgery,” she described at the time. “I did this to help my health. I literally almost could not breathe out of the right side of my nose.”
Ashley says her wounds have been reopened after 35 years yet again with a baby on the way. She described it as “very traumatic” as she wrote she never anticipated such intense public scrutiny. The actress explained it was not about changing her appearance as she added it was not a big deal for her.
The High School Musical alum shared it was not like she was dreaming of the day she would get a nose job. She wrote, “To be clear, it was not about changing my appearance,” she shares, adding, “It wasn’t a big deal to me nor was it like I was dreaming of the day I’d get a nose job. On the other hand, I have ZERO judgment towards anyone who does look forward to that day—your body, your choice.”
“I made a decision that was no one’s business”
The Disney star shared that plastic surgery was not culturally accepted then like it is now. She added that when she got it done, she was criticized, judged and was made to feel ashamed of her decision. The actress shared that she made a decision and that was no one’s business.
Ashley wrote, “When I got it done I was scrutinized, judged, and made to feel ashamed over my decision. I made a decision that was no one’s business (and is STILL no one’s business) and for that decision, I was constantly made to feel bad about it.”
Even after her wounds have been reopened, the actress says she will take those lessons and pass them on to her baby girl. Her baby is due later this year. She wrote, At the end of the day, I’m having a daughter, and I hope her choices aren’t met with judgment or shame. It’s taken years for me to process this experience—an experience that I didn’t think was that big of a deal either.”
Ashley had revealed back in 2020 that she got her breast implants removed after experiencing symptoms related to Breast Implant Illness. She shared on social media at the time, “I can’t say I’m the proudest of the choices I made in the past but I don’t regret it because it got me here today.”
The former Disney star had shared the news of her and her husband, Christopher French expecting their first baby together. After a month, the couple had revealed that they are expecting a baby girl. She joked about her pregnancy and that itself is a surprise.
“I share a lot of me and my personal journey…”
The actress shared that she thinks the most surprising thing was how excited everybody was. She said, “It’s always nerve-wracking to share such a vulnerable thing,” she admitted. “I share a lot of me and my personal journey… and I try to balance stuff where I can keep some stuff really secret and close.”
The High School Musical star revealed that she was nervous to announce her pregnancy. However, she felt overjoyed when she saw how the response was to the news. She recalled how she thought it was crazy and sweet. The actress shared, “I just felt so much love that day and it’s been pretty amazing.”
Ashley has yet to reveal her due date, but she expressed her excitement about raising a daughter. She shared that when she found it was a girl she was extremely excited because she feels she has a lot to offer her. The mother-to-be further added that she is independent and feels like she has gone through things that she can share with the baby.
She said, “I am independent and I feel I’ve gone through things that I can share with her. And making her a strong, independent woman, that’s something I look forward to”. Although she also admitted to knowing that she knows being a first-time parent is no piece of cake.
“I’m Not Going Into It Being Like This Is The Easiest Thing In The World”
“I am someone who has a niece who is 10, and so… I’m not going into it being like this is the easiest thing in the world,” she noted, adding, “I know it’s gonna be hard and I know it’s gonna change our life.”
Ashely also talked about what her priority would be when she welcomes her daughter with her husband. She said she wants to keep her child healthy and revealed she has been using Olly Vitamins.
Further explaining about the product she shared, “It has the key ingredients that I look out for; which is the folic acid, DHA, Vitamin D, iron, and it helps support the growth and development of the baby. And I really feel great taking them and I know that my baby is healthy and strong because of it.”