Believe it or not, we all get bullied sometimes!
While most us think celebrities were born to the sound of a choir singing “Hallelujah” and were displayed to the revering masses Simba-style, never having to deal with any struggles ever, that’s actually not true. For example, while promoting her newest film, Homefront, Winona Ryder confessed in the winter issue of V magazine (the cover of which she is gracing) that she struggled under heavy bullying as a child, which eventually led to her being home-schooled.
A horde of bullies would tease Ryder and call her a boy, even using anti-gay slurs to demean the actress. And you thought you had it bad as a kid, eh?
"I was obsessed with [the film] Bugsy Malone and had cut my hair short. I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting ‘f****t,' and I didn't think they were talking to me. Walking home after leaving the nurse's office—and I've never talked about this—I remember pressing on the bandage because I wanted it to look more dramatic," Ryder told the magazine.
"I was pretending I was in some gangster movie. It was oddly my way of dealing with it, because if I didn't, I probably would have been really scared.”
The actress was eventually switched to home-schooling, before being discovered and cast in the movie Lucas. Bet those kids are kicking themselves in the head now!
The sad part is that bullying was, or is, a reality for most people, and celebrities are no different. We’ve decided to give an honourable nod to a few celebrities (because there are loads of them!) who have been bullied as children and have risen above it.
Having grown up in a more privileged household, Sandra Bullock was lucky enough to be brought up in a highly educated family and even travelled Europe with her opera-singing mum, but that didn’t sit well with some of the kids at the actress’ school. Being different, Bullock received a fair share of regular tormenting from a group of bullies. Obviously, the Oscar-winning actress is more successful now than any of those mean kids, so they really should have kept those insults to themselves.
It’s hard to believe that Justin Timberlake would ever be bullied. . . Just look at him! But ‘tis true! Growing up in Tennessee, the singer’s inclinations toward music and art instead of “manly” sports made him a perfect target for bullies. Timberlake received a vast array of insults, including several slurs, during his schooling. Again, Timberlake is now one of the sexiest and most successful musicians in the world. What are those bullies up to?
Jennifer Lawrence is sacred to us. The thought of someone thinking she is anything less than perfect is sacrilegious. But, as a child Lawrence was bullied so often that she had to switch schools on several occasions, only to be made a target for a new group of tormentors. Lawrence has stated that the bullying subsided in middle school, only happening occasionally. Well, we think this 23-year-old Oscar-winning actress is doing just fine now. It just shows you what you can achieve if you set the negativity aside.
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