How Anne Hathaway Stood Up to Her Online Bullies

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Anne Hathaway is beating back the cyberbullies, with love.

On today's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the 31-year-old actress opened up about the backlash she suffered last year in the run-up to winning the Oscar for "Les Miserables."

"For whatever reason - and it's a small group, trust me - [cyber bullies are] loud because I went through this," host Ellen DeGeneres sympathized. "And voices that don't like you and say mean things really stick with you for some reason, more than voices that say, 'You're great!' So, when that was going on after the Oscars, which you should have been celebrating - you won an Oscar! - and then all the sudden…"

Hathaway went on to explain how, in a rare instance, she Googled herself.

"My friends and I had an idea for 'Funny or Die' and we wanted to do something on celebrity pregnancy rumors, so we just Googled pregnancy rumors and the story came up," Hathaway recalled. "The title of it was, 'Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?'"

When the audience gasped, Hathaway reassured them, "It's really OK. It has a happy ending. Life continues."

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The "Princess Diaries" star said at first she tried but failed to shut out the voices of the so-called "Hathahaters."

"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," the actress told DeGeneres. "And if you don't love yourself when someone else says horrible thing to you, part of you is always going to believe them."

She continued, "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 "took a step back" and in the words of her "Interstellar" co-star Matthew McConaughey, "I just kept living."

She added, "And, it's been a really cool journey. 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."