The Shortland Street actress who was in a sex video involving New Zealand Warriors rugby league player Konrad Hurrell is ready to move on after an "incredibly hard, incredibly challenging" couple of days.
Teuila Blakely told the Mai FM radio station on Thursday morning that she had remained positive since it was revealed she was in the leaked video with 22-year-old Hurrell.
"I am positive, I remained positive from the moment it happened, since it spiralled out of control, I don't know what it's become," she said.
The 39-year-old said the fallout from the clip, which was leaked on social media, had been huge.
The Samoan-born actress said she had received an "unbelievable amount" of online abuse after she admitted to being the woman in the video.
Blakely said that when she saw she was not identifiable in the clip she considered denying it was her but decided to be honest when asked directly.
"I'm actually 100 per cent honest, I have no filter," she said.
Blakely said the past couple of days had been "incredibly tough" and people had been "incredibly cruel".
"The only way is up really. I've taken a lot of hits and this had been a tough time."
Blakely said there were more important things in the world and people were becoming obsessed with the wrong things.
Blakely blamed media speculation for the size of the fallout.
She released a statement via her Facebook page on Wednesday night, rather than through mainstream media.
"I am heartbroken to know I have disappointed, hurt and lost respect from people who have been so incredibly supportive of my career and a community that I have always worked hard to serve the best I have been able to," she said in the statement.
Blakely said she knew the matter had caused pain, humiliation and embarrassment to her family and the Samoan community.
"We are all entitled to our opinions, our beliefs, our lifestyles, our practices and our privacy," she said.
"We are all entitled to be respected and not judged for our choices. As it is we alone, in any given situation that have to live with our choices and consequences."
Blakely also thanked those who had supported during the past few days.
She said she hoped that at some point everyone would move on from the issue in a positive way.
On Tuesday, Blakely's employer South Pacific Pictures refused to comment on the matter, which was personal rather than professional.
Hurrell was yesterday fined $5000 fine and ordered to undergo counselling on the use of social media. The Warriors released a statement which said Hurrell had apologised to the club, and chief executive Wayne Scurrah said Hurrell was "full of remorse".