Anne Hathaway recently took on the cyber bullies who came after her after she won Best Supporting Actress in 2013.

The 31-year old star sat down on The Ellen Show this week and opened up about the cyber bullying. She told Ellen that she did some internet surfing to research an idea for the Funny or Die website. Somehow, through googling “celebrity pregnancy rumors,” the article “Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway” appeared.

When asked how she dealt with the article and the subsequent cyber bullies, Hathaway said:

“Well, I listened at first. I couldn’t help it, you know? And you try to shut it off and I couldn’t, and then I realized why I couldn’t was I hadn’t learned to love myself yet. I hadn’t gotten there. And if you don’t love yourself when someone else says horrible thing to you part of you is always going to believe them. So, then I was like, ‘OK, I don’t want to believe these people. I don’t want to agree with them on any level. And I want to figure out who I am. I want to learn who I am. I don’t want to feel like I’m fragile every time I leave the house because I’m so dependent on what other people think about me.”

Hathaway said she also discussed the issue with her Interstellar costar Matthew McConaughey, who has seen his fair share of backlash in his acting career. She said she took a step back and let it all clear out of her mind, saying “I feel like I arrived in a place where maybe not every minute of every day, but way more than I used to, I have a tremendous amount of love and compassion for everyone else—and best of all I have it for myself, which I never enjoyed before.”

The Anne Hathaway cyber bullies cited a false modesty in the actresses acceptance speech, and took to lambasting her anonymously online. But Hathaway appears to be past the issue.

[photo credit: Barbara.Doduk]