Credit: Janet Mayer / Splash News Photo: Snooki Shows Off Her Red Hair in NYC on December 29, 2011

In Wetpaint Entertainment’s exclusive interview with Snooki, the newly skinny Jersey Shore star opened up about her real feelings on all the media attention placed on her diminishing weight. While promoting her new Snookify app (available on iTunes for $1.99), the lil’ meatball revealed her impetus to shrink down to 98 pounds, and how she felt seeing old photos of herself with “zero body fat.”

Wetpaint Entertainment: What do you think of all the attention you’re getting for your weight?

Snooki: Honestly I didn’t lose the weight to get attention. It’s kind of annoying because everyone’s like, oh you lost it because all the [criticism from] bloggers, it just got to you. And I’m like honestly? I’m probably the one celebrity that doesn’t give a crap what anyone says about me. I lost the weight for myself.

In high school growing up I did gymnastics, cheer-leading, I was always in really good shape. I had really good muscle tone, I had like zero body fat. After I turned 21, I just didn’t care, I went crazy, I started drinking. And then I just looked at the pictures and I’m like, wow I really lost myself. Just to get back into that routine and just see how I was when I was 18, I feel amazing.

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