Rumer Willis knows what you cruel internet bullies have been saying about her all these years, and she is rising above it.
The actress gave an emotional performance on Dancing with the Stars last night that left her mother Demi Moore, sister Tallulah Willis and grandmother Marlene Willis in tears, and said her inspiration was overcoming the hateful things bullies had said about her looks over the years.
“When you grow up with parents that are known worldwide and having so much attention from media and all of the tabloid magazines, it’s really tough,” she explained. “When I was a teenager I was super-awkward. I don’t think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked, and people were nasty.”
“People would say I looked like a man or something called a ‘butterface,’ which means everything good but her face, or potato head was the big term that everyone used a lot, basically making fun of the way I looked.
“My mom, who is one of the most stunning women I’ve ever met and who everyone was comparing me to, saying that you look more like your very masculine father than your beautiful mom. For years I thought, ‘Maybe I can get plastic surgery. If I change my face or get really skinny, that will be it, that will be the answer,’ and it’s not.”
She credits the way her sister Tallulah handled a stint in rehab with helping her gain the confidence to ignore the haters.
“I went through a lot of huge changes for myself that really affected me in a positive way,” she said. “My sister Tallulah was in rehab and I was inspired because she didn’t try to hide from it. She really owned it. She got in this mindset of saying, ‘Here are my flaws and it’s OK. I’m still me and I’m still beautiful and it doesn’t matter.’ I just realized that I could feel the same way and I need to stop listening to the bullies.”
Watch Rumer Willis’ moving waltz on DWTS
Her speech, and subsequent waltz to Adele’s “Turning Tables” with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, brought her mom to tears, and she scored 35 out of 40 possible points for the performance.