You’re not the only one who had to deal with the “mean girls” at school. Some of your favorite celebs, including Glee‘s Chris Colfer, also experienced bullying.
In light of the recent string of bullying and suicide incidents — the most publicized was Rutgers University student Tyler Clemente, 18, who took his own life because two fellow students “outed” him — some of Hollywood’s biggest names are coming together to take a stand against the bullying epidemic.
Believe it or not, Jessica Simpson was tormented while growing up in Dallas, Texas. The blonde songstress reveals she had a tough time from her fellow classmates.
“[People] would throw toilet paper at my house or throw eggs at my door,” she admits.
Even Disney’s “it” girl Demi Lovato was the victim of bullying before she became famous. That’s why she got involved with PACER’s Teens Against Bullying organization.
“People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that’s not true,” she writes on PACER’S website. “Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven’t forgotten.”
Have you ever wondered how Glee‘s Chris Colfer plays a bullied gay teen on the hit series so well? It’s because he was tormented by other kids all the way through school. He has been so moved by the tragic death of Tyler and other teens, that he just made a PSA for the Trevor Project, a “confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.”
“[I was] a walking punching bag,” he says. “[I] was teased everyday from elementary school until high school. It really taught me to be quick on my feet. Some of my witty comebacks are legendary.”
Jessica Alba, one of Hollywood’s most gorgeous stars, says even she too was bullied.
“I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school so I didn’t get attacked,” she said.
If you’re being bullied, you now know you’re not alone. And if you’re aware of bullying, it’s never okay to stand back and just watch it happen — so DO something about it. Stand up for bullied kids everywhere and speak out against it like your most admired celebs.