Credit: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images Photo: Taylor Momsen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on Feb. 15, 2012

Now that Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen is out of the spotlight, she’s swearing she’ll never get back in it. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the artist formerly known as Little J reveals how she got into acting in the first place — and why she was so anxious to get out.

“I started modeling at 2, and then acting at 3, and then Gossip Girl when I was 12, so I wasn’t really making my own decisions,” Taylor explains. “When I got to a place where I realized I was in control of my own life, and had found the right band, and everything was coming to fruition, it wasn’t even a question: I was going to quit my day job.”

And the incident that really convinced her to get out of Hollywood? The time someone took a picture up Taylor’s dress when she was 15 while she was performing with her band, The Pretty Reckless, and the camera — and, subsequently, the entire world — got a good look at her tampon string.

“For a year, if you Googled ‘Taylor Momsen,’ the tampon photo was the first thing that came up,” Taylor says. “When that happens, you just go, ‘I really just don’t give a f—k,’ and you close the computer. People are going to say what they’re going to say, and the tabloids will always spin sh—t.”

Now, Taylor’s getting ready to release The Pretty Reckless’s next studio album, Going to Hell, where she poses nude on the cover with her back to the camera.

“When you come into this world, there’s nothing but your soul, and you leave with nothing but your soul,” Taylor says. “People have misinterpreted it and turned it into something else, but that’s just tabloid manipulation.”

Source: The Daily Beast