Only two weeks after her mother and brother are murdered and Hannah Anderson is allegedly kidnapped, the 16-year-old is getting backlash and more questions after speaking out in her first TV interview.
As a public memorial will be held Saturday for the victims as Anderson attempts to honor their memories and move on.
The teen answered questions about her harrowing kidnapping on NBC's "Today Show", saying there are certain things she still can't talk about publicly.
Though Anderson says in the interview she wants to set the record straight about her suspected abductor James DiMaggio.
“But her explanation about her communication with her alleged kidnapper leading up to the ordeal may have led to even more questions than answers,” reports CNN's Pamela Brown.
Anderson tries to explain both her communication with DiMaggio the day she was taken and the letters she wrote to DiMaggio that were found inside his charred home.
“The phone calls, they were texts because he was picking me up from cheer camp and he didn't know the address or where I was,” Anderson says.
“And the letters were from like a year ago when me and my mom weren't getting along very well…They weren't anything bad.”
Her comments, meant to silence critics, have fueled some speculation on social media.
One tweet reads:
"If there was nothing ‘bad’ about the letters, why would Hannah say that? Odd.”
Another user writes:
"Pretty certain Hannah Anderson wanted to be swept away by her ‘kidnapper….’
Though there are also many people quick to defend her.
A supporter tweets,
"More #victimblaming toward #HannahAnderson. I'm getting more pissed at society with each new post."
Anderson says she’s prepared to leave her critics behind and continue moving forward with her life.
“You are you who are and you shouldn't let people change that, and you have your own opinion on yourself," she said. "Other people's opinion shouldn't matter.”