That’s What She Said: Celebrites Who Were Bullied

Demi Lovato
If the world is like one big high school, then celebrities are without a doubt the popular kids. They’re beautiful, people love them and want to be like them, and they’re talented (well… most of them). It’s not easy to imagine them ever being picked on for anything — but they have been, and they’ve lived to tell the tale.

It’s actually kind of inspiring to see stars talk about their bullying experiences. It can give a gURL hope: if they can get through it and become who they are now, then why can’t you do the same? Check out these crazy bullying stories from celebs who you would never expect to be able to relate to:



Michelle Trachtenberg to Complex magazine on getting revenge on her high school bully:
“We were coming out of a restaurant and there was a wall of like 20 paparazzi. They were probably waiting for Paris Hilton, and I just happened to come out. I have never before or since said something like this, because it’s so disgusting, but I turned to her and was like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I’m really famous. They need to take my picture. Sucks for you.’ ”



Jessica Simpson to on being bullied and learning from the experience:
“I had girls egging my home, writing curse words on the sidewalk in paint – just saying really nasty things about me. I quit cheerleading because I didn’t know what I was cheering for anymore!”

I feel like whatever they’re going to keep focusing on is going to try to knock me down as who I am as a woman. It’s more of a choice to stand right back up and be right in their face and say, ‘No, I’m better than what you’re saying and I actually am beautiful because I believe in myself and everything that God has given me.’ It’s a daily struggle but it’s always a place that you can get to.”


Demi Lovato to ABC News on being bullied for her weight:
“I literally didn’t know why they were being so mean to me. And when I would ask them why, they would just say, ‘Well, you’re fat.’ I was bullied because I was fat. And then a few months later I developed an eating disorder, and that’s kind of what I’ve been dealing with ever since.”




Eva Mendes to the Daily Mail on bullies:
“I became a victim of bullying. I was a gawky, skinny girl with big teeth and that made me an easy target. I had two bullies and they tortured me all through junior high school. At the time I couldn’t understand why they kept taunting me. Only later could I see that I was showing them my fear and that’s what they were pouncing on. I’m sure those experiences explain why I’ve been so anxiety-ridden in my adult life.”



Miley Cyrus in her book on being bullied:
“The girls took it beyond normal bullying. These were big, tough girls. I was scrawny and short. They were fully capable of doing me bodily harm. They shoved me in [a locker]. I was trapped. I banged on the door until my fists hurt. Nobody came. I spent what felt like an hour in there, waiting for someone to rescue me, wondering how my life had gotten so messed up.”




Jessica Alba to the Daily Mail on how being bullied affects you:
“I was bullied really badly at school. My dad had to walk me there so I didn’t get attacked. I’d eat my lunch in the nurses’ office so I didn’t have to sit with the other girls. I’d get beaten up and picked on all the time. It was about being different and not fitting in. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn’t have money, so I never had the cute clothes or the cool backpack. I wasn’t a rebel so I didn’t want to smoke with the girls or stay out all night at the age of 13. I had a strict family at home and lots of the girls were looked after by a whole string of nannies, so they got away with all sorts. They took so much out on me.”

“I’m tough now because as a kid I never fought back. I tried to keep everything inside because I didn’t want to lower myself to the level of the bullies. I feel so bad for any kid who is getting bullied. I’ve been there. I know how much it hurts and I know how it affects you.”


Megan Fox to E! Online on being bullied as a kid:
“I was bullied and it’s hard, you feel like high school’s never going to be over. It’s four years of your life and you just have to remember the person picking on you had their own problems and their own issues. And you’re going to be OK … usually bullies are the most insecure.”




Mila Kunis to OK! on being bullied for her looks:
“I had a very funny-looking face when I was little. I had like big eyes, big lips, big ears. But when I was little I was constantly being made fun of for having big eyes and that was awful. I used to come home crying, ‘Why do I have big eyes?’ And my parents were like, ‘You’re crazy!’”

“I’ve learned it wasn’t a bad thing to be picked on because when you’re little is seems awful, like it’s the end of the world. I grew into my face.”



Do you have any bullying stories of your own? Do you feel bad for these celebrities? What other celebs do you know of that were bullied? Tell us in the comments.

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  • TheSunInHerEyes

    I’ve been bullied since Day 1. Half the times, I don’t even know what I’m bullied FOR. Usually it’s because I’m outspoken and I don’t know when to shut up. It wasn’t too bad at first, but in fourth and fifth grade a group of girls were doing everything possible to ruin my life. They would call me names, and make fun of me because I was simply, well, me. Around Halloween, one girl thought it would be funny to smash the Jack-o-Lanterns me and my brothers worked so hard to carve the day before. I couldn’t take it anymore, and I began ‘scratching’ myself (It’s basically like cutting, but I was too afraid to use a knife or razor, so I would simply dig my nails into my arm. This lasted for a month, but then I stopped when my family became suspicious.). In sixth grade, I changed schools, and I really liked it. Then, in seventh grade, I had gotten a Facebook page. I was so happy because I had wanted one for a long time, and all my then-friends had one. I was getting into it, when I saw one of my guy friends had broken up with his girlfriend. I felt really bad, because I knew he had been crushing on her before finally asking her out. I commented saying the usual sappy stuff, like ‘oh feel better’ and ‘don’t listen to what anyone else says’, you know the usual. Within five minutes of my comment, some girl started ranting and raving about me. I had known her around school and I knew her parents rarely cared about her, they were never around, and she basically ran free. She made fun of my nationality, my family, every below the belt blow you can think of, she went there. I was appalled, not to mention embarrassed. A lot of people had commented before me, and they all knew. She went on and on, using words I didn’t even KNOW, all for what?! A post, that wasn’t even close to mean, that didn’t even concern her. My mom eventually found out, and she printed out the comments and gave it to my school principal, who promptly suspended her. Even though the comments were deleted, that didn’t stop every minute of it being reported throughout the school. Kids would come up to me and ask me. I was too embarrassed to tell my friends, and it hurt to talk about it to my family. After that, she threatened to beat me up after school. I was really scared, so I told my teacher, and she ended up not beating me up. A week afterwards, she apologized. I forgave her and even though we no longer have no connection to each other, I have no hard feelings towards her. Later, my school closed because of low enrollment, and I went to a different school where I would spend my last year before high school. So far, things have been great. I’m hanging out with a new group of girls, and I’m already meeting new people that are going to the same high school that I am. Now, I embrace who I am, and even though I thought I had lost all hope in todays industry, I’m glad that people are coming out and helping others 🙂

  • Amy

    I’ve been bullied before. And it made me feel terrible. I was actually considered cute from Pre-school to 1st grade, except I hated all the boys chasing me, wasting my time at recess. So I just stopped running, pulled my hair up, and did everything opposite. Then in 2nd grade I ended up hating my teacher, I would try to pretend to be sick and my mom would say she would call the school and tell them that they need to send police to bring me to school. Then in 3rd grade I LOVED my teacher. Except the year before effected me so much. My teacher would tell girls to go play with me and i always hated when that happened. 4th grade I moved to a different school and all my friends left. It took forever to make new friends. Also, my enemy ended up in my class. Also all of her friends. They bullied me. They would say, “Yea if anyone ever does kiss you” “Why do you always wear that outfit?” and SO much more that I can’t say on here or it would break my heart. Anyways… 5th grade all of my friends came back except for these two boys that made my life. I had more struggles but got better when i found a boyfriend who’s loved me since kindergarten. That summer I ended up keeping my hair down, running more, losing weight, not eating breakfast or lunch and barely any supper. I don’t know if it turned out well, but each day it seems like someone else smiles at me. All of that bullying made me change. I hated how it effected my life, but I guess life goes on…. I haven’t even told my parents about the bullying…just my friends and they keep me strong.

  • Sammi

    Ever since Kindergarden, I’ve been teased for plenty of things. Let’s go down the list….
    1. I’ve been a chubby kid since I was little. It’s not even fat. It’s just skin. It’s really weird. .___.
    2. My nose has a huge ball shape thingy at the end, and it points sideways.
    3. My eyes, mouth, and nose are WAYYYYY too small for my face.
    4. I’m paler then Eminem’s butt.
    5. I’m nerdy. I love Star Tek, and Science. 😀
    6. I can’t tell you a day my face hasn’t been covered in this weird skin condition I have where I break out into red splotches and dots.
    7. I’m “poor”, and I can’t shop at Tilly’s or Forever 21, just Target and the Goodwill.
    8. I’m too tomboy for the girls, and too sensitive for the boys.

    There we go. In second grade, I turned tomboy, and the girls rejected me. In the third grade, the boys caught me crying after my dog died, and i became a “sensitive pansy.” There I was. The loser. The reject, The fat kid. The gay-wad. The freak. But luckily, I met people who made me feel good for me. My best friend, Brandon, likes me because I’m up for a fight, but i’m also not a stone wall with no emotions. Amanda, my other best friend, is my tomboy friend, but we cry together often. Now, the populars who labeled me a leader, are now trying to hang out with my new group. My friends call me and Amanda “The popular girls.” No, we’re not snooty. We’re just two “white-trash” girls who came from different homes, only to show people, “Yeah b*tch! We’re white trash and we rule the school!” I hope we give hope to other girls whom are “too fat” or “too nerdy” for the snooty populars. Just remember to be yourself, and one day, you might be leader of the school. And always remember…..

    Fear Not. I Love You. <3

    • Sammi

      I mean – *Now, the populars who labeled me a loser,

  • yunsaf

    my best friend was bullyed online they callled her ugly ,but she is soo beautyful and friendly everyone says so she really is natural i told her just to delete that account and not to lisen to them cause they are just jelous she did so and now she is happyer then ever,itś sad how people are so unhappy whit themselves that they take it out on other people and even sadder is that they dont understand how much it actually hurts people.

  • Taylor

    Wow, these gURLs are truly my heroes. I know what it’s like to be bullied. It’s terrible. No, it’s worse than terrible, I can’t even explain it. There were two girls that were best friends, and now that I think about it, they were jealous and insecure. They bullied me and my best friend for all of last year, they would make us feel useless, although we both did very well at school and sports, are beautiful, at least in our own way and were nice to everyone. I couldn’t think of why they would bully us, we did not do anything to make them mad at us. All I knew that if they were jealous of what I was good at, that I was not going to change myself negatively to make someone who hated me happy. It got so bad that one time in class my best friend and I were paired with the one girl for a project that my friend couldn’t take it and she broke down crying. The teacher found out and, thank goodness, got us help. We had to go to councilling, which was really difficult because with jealousy and emotional bullying that was oh-so-subtle, we couldn’t explain what they had done to us. They would make us feel worthless, glaring at us from the hallway, talking about us behind our back, and coming up with names for us then saying them when we’d walk by, and so many more things. I hated it. After a dreaded conversation with my parents because they found out about this whole thing, they told me not to worry about them, then convinced me to go to bible camp. Yes, I said they had to convince me to go to bible camp,those two girls went to the same bible camp i always went to and if I didn’t go then I would just be losing to them. However, i still had a miserable time at camp. I thought that because they were friends with someone, I couldn’t be friends with those people. I literatly cried four times during chapel because most of the things the taught related to my problems. So, this year, I THINK the bullying is over, although I’m not quite sure (it might just me being scared of those girls and others I don’t feel comfortable with and being self conscious from my past experinces). Ever since then, my whole life has changed. I am quieter than I was before this happened, and I do not feel comfortable at all in public places, specifically school, without the company of my friends or family. I am sick of being alone (without my three best friends) at lunch break and being too scared to go talk to and hang out with some of my closest friends. I’m still trying to work on this problem, and although I’m getting better, it’ll take a lot more work. And I still am, unfortuneatly keeping this all bottled up. It feels like nobody understands, not even my parents, except for my best friend. But girls like these give me so much more hope! 🙂