Over 3.2 million students are bullied each year and the number keeps growing. Would you believe that part of that number included celebrities you’ve grown to adore? Well, it’s true. While growing up, some celebrities have gone through the same tough spots as you.
“I changed schools a lot when I was in elementary school because some girls were mean. They were less mean in middle school, because I was doing all right, although this one girl gave me invitations to hand out to her birthday party that I wasn’t invited to.”
– Jennifer Lawerence, The Hunger Games
“I grew up in Tennessee, and if you didn’t play football, you were a sissy. I got slurs all the time because I was in music and art…I was an outcast in a lot of ways…but everything that you get picked on for or you feel makes you weird is essentially what’s going to make you sexy as an adult.”
-Justin Timberlake, Singer/Songwriter
“I got beaten up by a lot of people when I was younger. I was bit of an idiot, but I always thought the assaults were unprovoked. It was after I first started acting and I liked to behave like an actor, or how I thought an actor was supposed to be, and that apparently provoked a lot of people into hitting me.”
-Robert Pattinson, Twilight Saga
“Well it’s just one terrible memory that replays every time I have a moment of insecurity. My classmates would stand around me in a circle and they would jump on my back one by one and they would chant ‘Ride the oaf, ride the oaf’.”
– Jason Segel, How I Met Your Mother
“I had a really tough time when I was in middle school. People would write ‘hate petitions’ about me and send them around to be signed. They’d have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They’d come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away.”
-Demi Lovato, Singer/Actress
“I was new, and it was like that movie Mean Girls. This clique would tease me and make up rumors about me being gay. I don’t even know why they did it. I came home crying one day and told my mom I couldn’t be around them anymore. So we decided I would be homeschooled. I think it’s important to check in with yourself and make sure you are being exactly who you want to be. When I am true to who I am, I’m a better girlfriend. I’m just more happy being me.”
-Haley Williams, Paramore
If you’re ever feeling beaten down because of bullies, always remember that some of the most inspiring people have gone through the same things as you. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. This is only a rough patch that you can overcome.