McKayla Maroney blasts plastic surgery rumors, says she is building a music career

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Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney looks way different

McKayla Maroney may be famous for her frown face from the Olympics -- but she might be making it again if the rumors about her changing looks don't stop.

The Olympic gymnast came under the microscope earlier this week about her changing looks, namely her much fuller lips and filled out face, prompting many fans to proclaim that she had gotten plastic surgery. But Maroney, who was just 16 when she became an Olympian and an Internet sensation, says that the rumors are hurtful and completely false.

"First of all, that I haven't," she told Seventeen magazine in a new interview. "Growing up in the social media world, it's tough. Your face changes, you get older, your face fills out, and you fall into liking makeup and different stuff like that. And for people saying that, for the most part — it would kind of hurt my feelings when you haven't done anything."

She revealed the only way that she gets past the harsh comments is just to try and ignore it.

"You just kind of have to keep being yourself and move forward with what you love," she continues. "I just haven't had anything to give to people, so they're almost just picking at anything that they can to find something to talk about me for. It's just one of those things right now and you just have to keep moving forward."

Maroney also pointed out that her body and looks have changed a lot since her Olympic days and her priorities have completely shifted and she's not competing at the same level anymore. Maroney originally intended to try and make the 2016 Olympic team again but after some health problems she says she fell out of love with the sport and decided her heart just wasn't in it.

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"I was so young and I was not focused on what I looked like. I was focused on the gold medal. And now I'm just getting into entertainment and really looking at other girls who are wearing makeup. It's a thing now! I'm getting into fashion and I really enjoy it. I think it freaks people out to see somebody change just a little bit."

These days she's focusing on making music and has already recorded a couple demos. She even plans to have her first single out in a couple months.

"My biggest inspiration is Drake. I love the way that he tells stories. It has a little bit of a Calypso jam vibe. He's real and always lyrically-driven in all the melodies. If there's one person I want to sound like, it's him."

And as for the haters who won't stop bugging her about her looks she has one final thing to say:

"For anybody who's judging it and not liking it, that's fine. Unfollow me. I don't really care."

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McKayla Maroney of the U.S. gestures after competing in the vault during the women's gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT GYMNASTICS)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Members of the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross attend The Cinema Society with Circa and Alice & Olivia screening of 'Sparkle' After Party at the Soho Grand Hotel on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber of the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas on August 9, 2012 -- (Photo by: Warrick Page/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney arrives to light The Empire State Building on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
US gymnast Mckayla Maroney (C), Alexandra Raisman (R) and Kyla Ross (L) react during the women's team of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. Team US won gold, Team Russia took silver and Team Romania got bronze. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)
US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas (C), Mckayla Maroney (2D-R), Alexandra Raisman (R) and Kyla Ross (3D-R) celebrate winning gold in the women's team of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. Team US won gold, Team Russia took silver and Team Romania got bronze. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)
McKayla Maroney of the United States lept off the vault apparatus apparatus during women's team gymnastics finals at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The United States won the gold medal in the event. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
The United States women's gymnastics team of (center podium, left to right) Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman (partially obscured) and Kyla Ross listened to the National Anthem during victory ceremonies at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: (L-R) Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, and Gabrielle Douglas of the United States listen to Martha Karolyi, the team coordinator during training sessions for artistic gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Training Academy on July 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Gymnast, McKayla Maroney, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Gymnast, McKayla Maroney, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01: McKayla Maroney during practice before the start of day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 31: (From 3D-L) US gymnasts Gabrielle Douglas, Mckayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, coach John Geddert, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross celebrate winning gold in the women's team of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. Team US won gold, Team Russia took silver and Team Romania got bronze. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 29: McKayla Maroney competes on the uneven bars during day 2 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 29, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 29: McKayla Maroney competes on the uneven bars during day 2 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 29, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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