Today they are rich and famous, with fans all over the world, but these celebs weren’t so popular in school. Check out the stories of the stars who have come a long way from bullied kids to Hollywood elite.
Growing up wasn’t easy for the Oscar winning actress. She said: “Junior High was not a good time, I’d just come back from living in Europe and I was very, er, Germanic so you could say. I looked like a clown compared to the cool way the other students looked and dressed. So I got my ass whooped a little bit… 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!”
The pop icon was apparently constantly picked on when he was a kid. He told Ellen DeGeneres: “I got picked on all the time. I had terrible acne, weird hair. I grew up in Tennessee, and if you didn’t play football, you were a sissy. I got slurs all the time because I was in music and art . . . I was an outcast in a lot of ways . . . but everything that you get picked on for or you feel makes you weird is essentially what’s going to make you sexy as an adult.”
The actress has revealed she was bullied a lot by other kids after her family moved from Twin Falls in Idaho to Fairfax, Virginia. She was 13 at the time. She said: ”My school days were pretty unhappy. I had the worst high school experience ever. We had a locker bay, and every time I went down there to get books out of my locker people would sit on top and spit at me, so I had to have my locker moved because I couldn’t go in there…I felt scared in high school.”
Speaking to Parade magazine, Robert revealed: “I got beaten up by a lot of people when I was younger. I was a bit of an idiot, but I always thought the assaults were unprovoked. It was after I first started acting and I liked to behave like an actor, or how I thought an actor was supposed to be, and that apparently provoked a lot of people into hitting me.”
Kate Winslet was bullied about her weight in school. She has always battled her weight, but in school it was especially bad. The kids would call her “blubber” and say things like “Ah it’s such a shame, because you have such a pretty face.” She once told Marie Claire, “I was bullied for being chubby. Where are they now!”
Miley Cyrus wasn’t always adored by thousands of fans. In school she was verbally bullied. In her book Miley Cyrus: Miles To Go, she revealed: “These were big, tough girls, I was scrawny and short. They were fully capable of doing me bodily harm. They shoved me in. 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…”
Christian Bale was bullied after his success with the Steven Spielberg movie Empire of the Sun. In school, Bale became quite popular with the girls causing him to be envied by the boys. “I took a beating from several boys for years. They put me through hell, punching and kicking me all the time,” Bale told People Magazine. Then he added: “If you can face the bullying at school and come through it stronger, that is a lesson for life,” he said.
Jessica is hot and popular today, but in school it was quite the opposite. Speaking to Daily Mirror, she said: “I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school 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. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn’t have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool back pack.”
The singer was teased while growing up on the Caribbean island of Barbados because of her fair skin. “I was a little confused as a kid because I grew up with my mum, and my mum is black,” she told Allure. “So I was cultured in a very ‘black’ way. But when I go to school, I’m getting called ‘white.’ They would look at me and would curse me out. I didn’t understand. I just knew I saw people of all different shades and I was light. Now I’m in a much bigger world.”