Bella Thorne may play a mean girl in her new movie, The Duff, but she's so over bullies in real life – especially ones who pick on things like your clothes to make you feel like you're not good enough. When we chatted with the star about her latest role, she was full of wisdom for how to deal with the haters once and for all.
"Honestly, [your teenage years are] a very weird place for clothes," Bella tells TWIST exclusively. "You need to wear what ever makes you comfortable. If you're wearing rainbow socks and that gives you confidence, nobody's going to trash you or talk smack if you have confidence. Cause you are just making them jealous."
If you do experience bullying about your clothes, though, Bella has some advice for brushing off the negative comments. "We [have] all experienced bullying a very different way and honestly, I've just gotten to the point where I'm sick of it," she confesses. "I did let it bother me [sometimes] and a lot of people tell you, 'Don't let it bother you' but that's kind of impossible. So I'm not going to give you that advice."
Instead, "I would say, stand up!" Bella urges. "Talk to a teacher, or talk to parents. Stick up for yourself, especially if no one else will. You also need to find a great group of friends that will, and there will be people out there, that just love you for being you. I got lucky. I didn't have that and now I do and we all kind of stick up for each other and we're one great group of friends."
"Oh, and if somebody tells you something like, 'Oh, you're ugly' Just say 'Ok,'" she advises. "What else can they say back, honestly? You should never have to argue with people about whether you're pretty or not. If you just give them what they want, they can't come back to you. Bullies like seeing your uncomfortableness, and you being afraid of them. If you don't seem afraid of them, you might be, but if you don't seem afraid of them they're not going to come back for more."
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Reporting credit: Virginia Van de Wall