Bullying is a serious problem for a lot of young adults. The effects range from mild annoyance to serious trauma, but it always ends eventually and it’s never going to stop people from achieving greatness if they want to. Listed below are 10 celebrities who were bullied as kids.
Important note: if you are being bullied, reach out for help. Talk to an adult, talk to your friends, journal, or see a licensed professional. There is always help out there, and even though it might not seem like it, there are more nice people in the world than mean spirited bullies.
Can you imagine what it must feel like to be the awful person who bullied Rihanna? Rihanna!
The pop star had a difficult childhood and lived in a family with an alcoholic father who terrorized her mother. After a difficult separation her home became calmer, but Rihanna’s struggles continued in school where she was considered to be too light skinned, too different to fit in.
But look at her now! Confident, assertive, and her own boss in every situation!
9. Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan’s story just proves that he’s such a gem. He’s a master of martial arts, but he is too kind spirited and nice, so he didn’t stand up for himself against bullies. He would be scared to stand up for himself, he was too timid. However, all bullying of Jackie stopped when he stood up for another kid who was being bullied. His act of kindness helped two people at once! Kindness will always trump bullying.
8. Kate Winslet
As a child, Kate Winslet was quite chubby. This has been the cause of bullying for many people for a very long time. Kate’s situation was further made worse by her teachers, who denied that Miss Winslet was being bullied about her weight and appearance.
A very big problem with bullying is that bullies are often doing everything they can to target their victim and isolate them from others. This results in bullying victims feeling like they can’t share their problems, and thus can’t get help. Luckily for Kate Winslet, one teacher believed her and helped her to get through her problems and her hard times. Since then, Kate has stressed how important it is to find support, and how helpful the support she got from her teacher was to her.
7. Robert Pattinson
I mean, lol, if I was a lead actor in a series with as polarizing love-hate audiences like Twilight, I’d be bullied to. But with Robert Pattinson the bullying came when he was a small kid. He was unpopular in school, and his passion for acting was perceived as pretentiousness. You know how high-school kids are. They’re too dumb to respect the passions and interests of others, especially if they’re of the artsy-intellectual variety. Pattison got beaten up by a lot of people.
However, the bullying ended up helping Robert Pattinson channel his feelings into acting, where he could use his experiences to play rebellious and aggressive characters. He said that it’s, “Quite cathartic… letting all your rage go on the set.”
6. Victoria Beckham
Posh Spice was targeted for being too skinny and having a gap in her front teeth. Honestly, bullies are just mean, and there’s no pleasing them. Bullying is never about the victim, it’s about the bully’s insecurities. Anyway, Victoria Beckham got dirt thrown at her, got pushed, and was threatened on multiple occasions by her peers. But that didn’t stop her. Look at her now!
5. Christian Bale
Imagine being bullied as a kid and then going on and playing in everyone’s Top 3 Favorite Superheros Flicks! That’s the story of Christian Bale. He would be kicked and punched by people at school. The difficult times he went through as a child has made him more resilient to stress in the future. Since then Christian Bale has been able to make a lot of sacrifices for his roles in movies, putting his body through lots of challenges to get into character.
4. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock moved to the US from Germany as a child, and obviously this made it difficult for her to fit in with her classmates. Her European style was considered silly and messy by everyone, and her lisp didn’t help the situation.
“Kids are mean, and the sad thing is that I can still remember the first and last names of every one of those kids who were mean to me!” she said.
Nevertheless, she became a famous actress and now look who’s laughing!
3. Justin Timberlake
Aw man. Poor JT. I feel like it must have been really bad for him when he had the noodle haircut and that all-denim-everything outfit. But he was an adult by then, and having been bullied as a child I’m sure he didn’t care. As a kid, Justin Timberlake got made fun of for his acne, his messy and weird hair, and his passion for the arts (here we go again, with bullies being intimidated by other people’s genuine interest in doing good things).
Now JT is a sex-symbol with a beautiful voice and dance moves that will make anyone jealous.
2. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is a great example of how going through bullying as a child results in people becoming kind later. Along with her acting career, Jolie dedicates a lot of her time to humanitarian aid and raising her many adopted children. As a kid, she got made fun of for her broad shoulders, long legs, and full lips – all things that were unpopular when she was a young adult. When talking about her experience with bullying she said, “I’m lucky because I was raised with so much love that I can take a lot of knocks and not take anything personally.”
1. Tom Cruise
Like Rihanna, Tom Cruise came from a family with a very strict and somewhat aggressive father. According to the actor himself, his father was “the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you”. Matters were made worse by the fact that as a child, Tom had to move a lot, and changed 15 schools in the span of 12 years. He grew up being a constant outsider – always the new kid in class. Furthermore, he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
Bullying results in good people paying for the insecurities of others. Even though it might seem like it, the victims of bullying are not the problem. The problem is those who are the bullies. If you are bullied – get help. And if you see somebody getting bullied, do the right thing and stand up for them.