It's been over a year since the Jordyn Woods-Tristan Thompson cheating scandal rocked the Keeping Up With The Kardashians fandom. For the first time since her appearance on Red Table Talk shortly after the story went public, Woods is opening up about the fallout from the scandal publicly.
During an appearance on on the YouTube series Now With Natalie, which was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic, Woods described the aftermath of the incident as "a very dark place" for her to be in. "I had my family to talk to, I had you to talk to, but I just felt like I had no one," Woods told host Natalie Manuel Lee. "You take everything you think you know for a whole decade, the people you think you know, the life you think you know, everything that you've grown up doing and you take it all away from someone. I didn't even know how to feel."
As a coping mechanism, Woods isolated herself amid the widespread public shaming she experienced. "I deleted everything off of my phone. I wouldn't respond to anyone. I responded to about two people. I pushed people away that probably shouldn’t have been pushed away but I just couldn't trust anyone. Everything in my life changed," she explained.
Though it's hard to have a level head when you're in the middle of the storm, Woods now looks back at the situation and tries to learn from her experience. "Looking at the situation, 'Okay what did I do, what role did I play in this, how was I responsible, how can I be held accountable, how can I take responsibility for what happened?' Things happen and that's what makes us human," she said. "But just acceptance and accountability and responsibility. I feel like people in this generation lack accountability and when you can't accept what you've done or you can't accept that, then you can't heal from."
"It's easy to beat yourself up over things that you could have done differently," she continued. "But you can't hold on to what you could have or should have done, you just have to accept what actually happened and then you can let it go. It might take you a month to let it go, it might take you a year to let it go but you have to start praying to be able to let it go."
Though Woods is ready to move on from the scandal, the 23-year-old wants to make it clear she never intended to hurt anyone. "I'm not happy that people were hurt and people had to go through what they went through," she explained. "It was a lot for everyone, my family, other families, friends, and not in a million years have I had a negative intention to do something bad to anyone I love. I wouldn't say I'm happy something like that happened, but I'm happy I was able to become who I am today."
Woods also lost her dad, John Woods, to cancer in 2017. "I've gone through, these past three years, some of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through," she said. "When your whole world feels like its crumbling down, everything you thought you knew, it's really to be rebuilt again but much stronger. A lot can happen in one year, a lot. Over months, and losing everything I thought I knew and gaining so much knowledge, you just can only be happy. The amount of strength I've gained in this year alone, nothing else could have shaped me to the person I am today."