Gabrielle Union on Friendship: "I Don't Put Up With Bullsh-t"

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Gabrielle Union's friendship philosophy is pretty cut throat.

"A lot of women seem to think the way to ingratiate themselves is to put down other women or backstab. That's the quickest way to be eliminated from my life -- try that with me, and you're out," she says in the April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

The Think Like a Man actress, 39, attributes her outlook to being a rape victim at the age of 19 and finding that she didn't have the right type of support system in place. Since then, she's instilled her recipe for eliminating toxic people from her life.

"It might sound harsh, but you know what else is harsh? Someone who makes you feel victimized, sad, and anxious," she continues. "We give a lot of others significance in our lives even when they don't deserve it. It doesn't matter if they're family or if you've known them forever. If they're not good for you, they've got to go."

"You don't get any points when you get to heaven for putting up with bullshit," she adds.