When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did!
Manipulative people latch on to empathetic targets and exploit their innate qualities. They find people who are easy-going, gentle and kind - who avoid conflict and seek to make others happy. The Problem: They reciprocate none of these things.
Life is so much better without certain very dishonest and manipulative people who have no conscience or morals and no idea how to treat others. Surround yourself with trustworthy, loving, good and decent people, real people, they a
"The less you respond to negative people the more peaceful your life will become." There is a tempation to fight back, isn't there. To respond like for like. But this only leads to more negativity coming back at you.
Don't let someone get comfortable disrespecting you.