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Trigger warning: this article contains a reference to self-harm.
Bella Thorne may seem like she has always had a picture-perfect life, between acting in tons of our favorite TV shows and movies, hitting the red carpet for all kinds of glamorous events, and working with the top celebrities in the business. But in a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, the Famous In Love actress revealed that she has gone through her own share of issues – including hiding her true self from fans – and even struggled with having suicidal thoughts.
"People go through some f –– up s ––. But it doesn't mean that you have to turn completely to the dark side and be unhappy and depressed," Bella said. "I have had really dark thoughts. When I was younger I thought about killing myself; it's very normal in a way that, if you're upset with who you are and how your life is going, you could think these things."
Now, Bella wants to share her story so that other young people feel more comfortable talking about what they are going through, and sharing their own struggles in a way that she didn't.
"I want people to know that it's okay to talk about it. And the more I do it, the more my fans will do it with each other, and with other people in their life."
Bella is all about sharing her genuine personality with her fans, whether it's through her silly moments on Snapchat or in conversations on Twitter.
"The world needs more honesty," she said. "I've lied my whole life about who I am and who I'm trying to be, so now, I like to keep it real. I have problems like every person, so if I can help somebody else then that's f –– dope."
"I want to use social media to spread goodness," Bella shared. "Teens are all going through different s –– and nobody talks to each other about it. So if somebody could just be that first person to lend their hand, then other people will follow."
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there are many resources available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.