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7 Celebrities You'd Never Imagine Faced Bullying Growing Up

Updated on March 6, 2015

One of the worst things about being bullied is the feeling of worthlessness that victims have. It fosters the belief that they are somehow not worth the same as other people, when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Bullying is endemic in American schools, and for many celebrities, enough is enough. Below, we look at seven celebrities who were bullied as kids and have spoken out in the hope that victims of bullying can look at them and realize they could still have a bright future.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock Bullied!
Sandra Bullock Bullied!

Bullock often went on vacation to Europe with her family and returned to school with a “unique” dress sense. This, of course, made her a target for bullies who physically and verbally abused her. The “Speed” actress remembers the names of her tormentors, but she was able to put the past behind her and become a major Hollywood success.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake Bullied!
Justin Timberlake Bullied!

Timberlake loved art and music even as a child, but in Tennessee, this ensured he had a bull’s-eye on his chest for bullies. Other kids his age were expected to be devoted to football, but as Timberlake preferred more artistic pursuits, he was called a “sissy” and ostracized. However, he believes the things you are bullied for in your youth can make you a successful person when you become an adult.

Marshall “Eminem” Mathers

Marshall “Eminem” Mathers Bullied!
Marshall “Eminem” Mathers Bullied!

The rapper was beaten up relentlessly by a bully named DeAngelo Bailey when attending school in Detroit. He was even knocked unconscious during physical assaults. Later on, Eminem wrote a song called “Brain Damage” that named and shamed his bully, and he is now known as an anti-bullying advocate.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Bullied!
Miley Cyrus Bullied!

Cyrus wrote about her experiences as a bullying victim in her book. She was a small and weak child, and the stronger and older kids would routinely harass her and perform cruel pranks on her, such as locking the future superstar in the bathroom at school, where she would be stuck for hours.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence Bullied!
Jennifer Lawrence Bullied!

Lawrence was moved from school to school because of the bullying she was subjected to. On one occasion, she was ordered to hand out invites to a party despite the fact she wasn’t invited herself! As she grew older, the actress began fighting back, and she says the bullying helped strengthen her character.

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes Bullied!
Eva Mendes Bullied!

Mendes suffered from bullying for years and was too frightened to report the abuse to responsible adults. Yet the bullying ended the day Mendes gained the courage to stand up to her abuser.

Chris Rock

Chris Rock Bullied!
Chris Rock Bullied!

Rock was the only black kid in his grade and was subjected to abuse on a daily basis. Like Eminem, Rock used his experiences to create something: in this instance, a show called “Everybody Hates Chris”, which was a comedic look at his experiences as a kid.

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Put an End to Bullying Today!

While bullying remains a major problem, it is an issue being tackled relentlessly by the relevant authorities. Taking up self-defense classes is a great way to stay fit and gain the confidence and skills required to stand up to bullies and live life on your terms.

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