Tonya Harding is continuing to tell her story.
The defamed figure skater — whose life is documented in the new movie I, Tonya — is speaking out in an ABC News two-hour special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story on January 11, during which she’ll open up about her past and that Nancy Kerrigan attack.
The 47-year-old, who has since remarried and had a son since her abusive first husband, admitted she still cares what people think of her — validation she always sought throughout her career:
“I do care. I mean, I care, but I don’t care. The most important people are my family and my closest friends. Everybody else’s opinions don’t matter. So my motto is, ├óΓé¼╦£Take care of me, so I can take care of my family.'”
“The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had even done anything at all, before I had talked to anyone, before I get out of bed. I’m always the bad person. Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed until I break and become nothing?”
Her life now is completely different than what you saw in the movie — and she lives to make her father and son proud. She shared emotionally:
“You can’t push me that far anymore ├óΓé¼╦£cause I’ve been nothing. And I’ve been nothing several times. But it’s my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me and makes me get back up off my butt and be something worth being proud of. I always wanted my daddy to be proud. And now, I want my son to be proud.”
Watch a clip from the special (below):
Catch the rest on January 11 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.
[Image via ABC.]