Dylan Sprouse explains nude photo motivation: 'I was proud'

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Former "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" star Dylan Sprouse isn't sweating the repercussions of his nude photo leak. In fact, the 21-year-old New York University student took to his Tumblr to post a response to those who have had a very passionate reaction to the leaked pictures.

"First off, I will state that the reason I'm making light of the situation is because I don't think what I did was wrong. To be blunt, I was proud of my progress in the gym, thought I looked hot, and wanted to share it," he writes of the photos that he took of himself naked. "There is an odd taboo with the human form (especially in the USA) and I don't particularly think its a good thing to teach people that you should 'hide yourself' as something incredibly sacred. Blah blah blah, that's a medieval notion."

He continues of the lesson he learned from the leak: "The real problem here was not me sending my pictures to someone, but rather, sending them to the WRONG someone. The real travesty is a misplaced trust, and while I am certainly to blame for it, it is a shame that my private life was somehow forcibly dragged into the public's perception of me. ... Not exactly ideal, but I'm to blame and I'll look this incident in the eye like a man. I did it, but I'd be damned if I didn't own that s*** like Beyonce would want me to."

Before this, Sprouse had previously cracked a few jokes about the situation he found himself in. He also culled together his favorite responses to the nude pics, though they're a bit NSFW. In this new blog post, he concludes by saying that he is now going to go get a shirt made today that features a life-size version of his nude photo (see an edited SFW version below). Keep being awesome, Dylan.

Read the full Tumblr post here:

" In regards to my pictures ...

"I figured I would write my thoughts on it all. After having a night to sleep on it and a day to reflect, I think there has been ample time to gather my thoughts while the encounter is still fresh.

"First off, I will state that the reason I'm making light of the situation is because I don't think what I did was wrong. To be blunt, I was proud of my progress in the gym, thought I looked hot, and wanted to share it. I'm of the mindset that whoever you are, if you are proud of your body and want to show it off, so be it! You do you. There is an odd taboo with the human form (especially in the USA) and I don't particularly think its a good thing to teach people that you should "hide yourself" as something incredibly sacred. Blah blah blah, that's a medieval notion.

"Secondly, the real problem here was not me sending my pictures to someone, but rather, sending them to the WRONG someone. The real travesty is a misplaced trust, and while I am certainly to blame for it, it is a shame that my private life was somehow forcibly dragged into the public's perception of me. What is wrong is that, generally I try to stay cool and collected with my prose and a role model for kids (maybe not anymore shamefully) and this seemingly inconsequential act will likely affect the youth's impression of me. Not only that, but I worry somewhat for my artistic integrity, and my academic integrity. Not exactly ideal, but I'm to blame and I'll look this incident in the eye like a man. I did it, but I'd be damned if I didn't own that s*** like Beyonce would want me to.

"Finally though, and I think that this is the most important part, because of this, I gained 200,000 followers on twitter, 40,000 followers on tumblr, and 20,000 followers on instagram .... It seems to me that the majority of people are actually praising this act as some sort of device to receive fame (or infamy). Why? I have no clue, I don't entirely condone it though. I'll make it clear my intent was for this not to happen, and how it has affected me so positively is an enigma to me that rings true of the human condition. Maybe people just like to see others mess up? I'm German by blood, so I feel you on that.

"tl;dr? I was proud of myself and my progress since I was 14 and husky, I'm not proud of this incident's potential lasting effects on my academic and artistic integrity. But I'm making the best of it through humor and I'm getting this shirt made today:

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"I figured that if every interaction I have from here on is a chance of them having seen me like this, I may as well just show them anyways heh heh.

"P.S. please stop sending me nudes you will not get any in return despite popular evidence"

Photo/Video credit: Instagram/Tumblr