Charlie Puth recently teamed up with CustomInk to create his own t-shirt design for the brand's annual "Be Good to Each Other" Bullying Prevention Campaign. The tee he designed reads "Be Unique," because that phrase is something he says he always reminded himself of when he was getting bullied in high school.
"I was basically bullied because I was unique, I was different than everybody," the "We Don't Talk Anymore" singer said in a new interview. "I would hear music in my head. I chose to be the black sheep. Everyone reacted to that strangely. I never went to prom or anything like that but some amazing things happened in my life."
"I would go to high school and be irritated that everyone was super rude," he explained about the verbal bullying that he experienced. "I would just look forward to the night. I love being by myself more than anything on this earth. I would get inspired by being by myself."
Charlie explained that taking time for himself – and even just going out for a drive or working out – helped him get through everything, and inspired him to keep being himself no matter what.
The singer also shared that because of what he went through, he now tries to stand up against bullies any time he encounters them – especially on social media.
Once, he says he saw comments so bad that he couldn't ignore them. "They were writing such disgusting things and I reached out to them, I’m not mad at them, and said, ‘hey, what’s going on?’” he recounted. "I spent a couple hours going back and forth with them and found out things weren’t going great in their personal life. I told them you have to be true to yourself. When I talked to them about that, they weren’t a different person, they were the person I knew they were at their core."
If you're experiencing bullying yourself – whether online or in person – don't be afraid to reach out to someone you trust for help dealing with the situation at hand.
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