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Steve Dunn's exclusive one-on-one interview with Tonya Harding

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Tonya Harding has been in the spotlight for decades now, and says she has had a whirlwind past few months.

At 47, she seems to have found a new peace in her life, following a turbulent childhood, the Kerrigan saga, Olympic endeavors and a walk on the wild side.

Now, looking back on it all, Harding said she sees those past struggles as positive.

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"It teaches you lessons in life, different roads you can go down and choose from. iIf you think you're going down the wrong path, then talk to somebody. I didn't really have anyone to talk to, but now I realize it's OK to ask someone for help," she said.

"I, Tonya," an Oscar-nominated biopic starring Margot Robbie, documents Harding's childhood abuse at the hands of her mother.

"The first time when I watched it, I felt like I was watching Margot, I wasn't looking at me. So when I actually watched it, I'm going, 'Oh my God. This is hilarious.' Then I was in tears and crying, thinking, 'Poor girl!' Then I realized, 'Holy crap! It's me!'"

She wants to make it clear: that was then and this is now. She has a young son. If he wants to be a skater, she plans to teach him the realities of the business.

"Everybody always thought when you grow up with such a monster, that you'll probably be like them a little bit," Harding said. "I'm totally the opposite. I will not be like that whatsoever. My son is my precious gift and I love him with all my heart."

So what's next for Harding? She said she has a surprise announcement coming in the next few weeks, and says she's busier than ever after "I, Tonya."

She doesn't cuss as much as she used to because of her son, and is still trying to quit smoking. She doesn't run out into the woods and chop firewood alone anymore, because she feels "accidents can happen." She said the movie has brought some vindication, decades in the making.

"It feels good to know that now that my son will know his mom was never a cheater," she said. "I think that's what's important. I can go through anything, been there, done that, but my son... little innocent boy. I want him to grow up and be proud of his mom."

You can watch KATU's full interview with Tonya Harding here:


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