Teen bullying has become a full-blown epidemic in this country. Believe it or not, some of your favorite stars have been bullied at one point or another. Hollyscoop talked with celebrities who shared their personal stories with us.
Alexander Gould may play a conniving young killer on Weeds, but in real life, he’s been a victim of bullying. “I've been bullied,” Gould confessed to us. “A couple times picked on when I was younger. It’s not a fun experience.”
Demi Lovato told us that she was forced out of her own classroom as a result of bullying. “I actually left school when I was 12 years old,” Lovato revealed. “I started homeschooling. It was too much for me dealing with the cattiness of the clickie girls and things like that.”
Lance Bass told us how shocked he was to learn about the recent six teen suicides. “I just hate that it went to the boiling point of people actually taking their own lives to talk about it,” Bass said. “I'm glad that everyone is taking a step in the right direction of making a positive and very maturely talking about bullying and the different types of bullying.
Musician Taio Cruz recalled his unfortunate school days when he was anything but popular. “I was more focused on music and I was always in the music room in choir,” said Cruz. “I would say I was more of the protector of the people who were weaker than myself and slightly bullied by those stronger than myself. It’s not fun for any kid.”
American Idol contestant Danny Gokey told us he was a nerd growing up. “I kind of am still,” Gokey joked. “I still get bullied--its weird. I did all the time. I remember one time I got jumped outside of my high school, I was 15 years old and I peed in my pants; I'm not lying, I was so scared.”
These stories just go to show that those being bullied are not alone! The stars also gave their words of advice to kids who are victims.
Alexander Gould: “If you are being bullied, talk to people about it. Tell people what is going on. To people doing the bullying: stop… it’s causing more problems than you realize.”
Demi Lovato: “The best advice I can have is using what you love as motivation to go farther in life. The girls that bullied me didn't do much and that is because they put all of their energy in negative things. When you put your energy in positive things, you succeed. Even if it doesn’t have to do with success, you just become a happier person and you’re stronger…that is all that matters.
Lance Bass: If you are getting bullied in high school or junior high, find one of your best friends and talk about it. Don't hide it inside, also know that this time passes like that. You wont even remember being bullied five years from now. You will never see those people again, you will realize how stupid they were and how insecure those people are.