“We all in the industry have a different amount of spotlight on us during different points of our lives,” Alyson Stoner, who appeared in Ryan’s “We Got the Beat” music video in 2012, tells PEOPLE. “It could have been anyone.”
The 22-year-old, who was not aware of the arrest until asked about it, added, “It’s most important … to give a lot of space and a lot of room for your human story to work itself out, for you to learn what you need to learn and how you need to learn it.”
Ryan, who was arrested April 4, took to Twitter Wednesday to express her regrets.
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“Over the last few days I have had the chance to think about my actions, and I wish I had used better judgement,” Ryan, 22, posted on Twitter. “I recognize that I am a role model and have always worked hard to set a good example for my millions of fans. I am so sorry to disappoint everyone.”
“I hope that those who have grown up with me find their most honest self and healthy self within the context of this extra attention,” says Stoner.