School bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which aged children intentionally and repeatedly cause another person injury or discomfort. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, half of the children in the world will experience school bullying at some point when being at primary or secondary school, and at least 10 percent of those kids are bullied regularly.
It can be quite difficult to imagine that A-list celebrities, who are enjoying fame, fortune, and are loved by fans around the world, were bullied as children. Celebs like Rihanna, Jessica Alba, and Christina Hendricks have shared their stories of childhood bullying and this brings more awareness to school bullying.
Below are 12 celebs who experienced school bullying.
#1 Megan Fox
Source: Jonah Hex
Megan Fox was targeted by school bullies because she aspired to be an actress. The Transformer star avoided reading negative publicity about herself and claimed that her dream wouldn’t come true. She shared that one girl came to school on Halloween in a back leather catsuit and said that she was Megan Fox. That made the actress shy.
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In a “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper, the rapper revealed that he was a victim of bullying as a child. He was beaten up in the bathrooms, in the hallways, and shoved in the lockers for being the new kid. At that time, one of his biggest escapes was music.
#3 Jessica Alba
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Alba was bullied so much in middle school that she ate lunch in the nurse’s office. Her father had to walk her to school to stop other girls from bullying her on the bus or on the walk alone.
#4 Christian Bale
Source: Christopher Polk
Not even Batman could avoid the bullies. When Christian Bale starred in “Empire of the Sun” in 1987, he became an instant celebrity. Many thought that he’s become prom king, but the opposite happened. For him, it was not a great time that he had other kids kicking and punching him every day.
#5 Christina Hendricks
Source: Mad Men
In an interview with The Guardian, Christina Hendricks opened up about her experiences with high school bullying. Some kids sat in a long corridor with lockers and spat on her.
#6 Robert Pattinson
Source: Mad Men
The Twilight star was once bullied as a teen. Pattinson said that being picked on by other kids left him scarred for life. They regularly stole his shoelaces and beat him up.
#7 Jennifer Lawrence
Source: Jamie McCarthy
Throughout elementary school, Lawrence wasn’t treated well in school by some girls, so she had to change schools several times. In middle school, a girl asked her to hand out invitations to a party she was not invited to. Now Lawrence is an Oscar-winning actress and has overcome her past struggles.
#8 Jason Segel
Even a giant like Jason Segel was picked on when he was a kid. He was mostly teased and mocked for being so tall at such a young age. Children stood around him in a circle and then jumped on his back.
#9 Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has been outspoken about her experience with bullying and that actually prompted her to leave school. She revealed that people used to call her name, shame her for being fat, and so on.
#10 Justin Timberlake
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Justin Timberlake opened up in 2015 about his childhood bullying at the hands of his classmates. When being a child, he sang and danced better than most children. However, his extraordinary talent made it easy for other kids to mock and humiliate him. He was picked on for being “different” and was often called “weird”. It was a tough time but his mother’s love and support helped him get through it.
#11 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is known for her unique personality and fashion sense. However, her eccentric personality created some problems for her during high school. She was often bullied for being ugly and annoying. Many of the kids teased her for having a rather large nose.
#12 Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer played Kurt Hummel, a gay boy who feels conflicted by his sexuality and is bullied at school. His real-life high school experience is not much different. Colfer suffered countless amounts of bullying as an openly gay student at his high school. He told Entertainment Weekly: “I spent most of my time stuffed into lockers”.