Author: Betty Hoeffner

Tiffany Haddish

“Kids would tease me all the time. They’d say I got flies on me and I smell like onions. There was one nickname that stuck: Dirty Ass Unicorn. I had a wart on my forehead. It was spiky and big and I could not hide it. All I could do was hurt myself. I would take scissors and try to cut off my horn. it would bleed down my face. Hurting myself made them stop hurting me and care about me. Finally I went to a doctor and they burn that s–t off.”  People Magazine

Winona Ryder

“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f*****.’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the s**t out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies. Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of.’  And I said, ‘That was me. Go f*** yourself.’”  Huffington Post

Victoria Beckham

“They [bullies] were literally picking things up out of the puddles and throwing them at me, and I just stood there, on my own. No one was with me.  I didn’t have any friends. People would push me around, say they were going to beat me up after school, chase me. It was miserable, my whole schooling, miserable. I tried to be friends with people, but I didn’t fit in. So I kept myself to myself.”  Elle

Tom Cruise

“So many times the big bully comes up, pushes me. Your heart’s pounding, you sweat, and you feel like you’re going to vomit. I’m not the biggest guy, I never liked hitting someone, but I know if I don’t hit that guy hard he’s going to pick on me all year. I go, ‘You better fight.’ I just laid it down. I don’t like bullies.”  Parade Magazine

Rumer Willis

“As a teenager I was super awkward. I never felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked. People were nasty. People would say  that I looked like a man or something called a buttaface. Potato head was a term that everyone used a lot and basically made fun of the way I looked. For years I thought maybe I can get plastic surgery. If I change my face, if I get really skinny,  then that will be it, that will be the answer. IT’S NOT!  My sister Tullah was in rehab and I was really inspired because she didn’t try to hide from it. She owned it. She was in the mindset of saying, ‘here are my flaws and it’s okay. I’m still me and I’m still beautiful and it doesn’t matter.’ I just realized that I could feel the same way and I need to stop listening to the bullies. No matter what you look like, no matter where you’re from, you’re completely deserving of love and value.” Dancing With The Stars

Nick Vujicic

“My experiences with bullies left me feeling intimidated, depressed, anxious and sick to my stomach. If you know my personal story, you’ll remember that most grade school days ended with tears and on one occasion led me to a failed suicide attempt. I didn’t tell my parents when I was picked on because I didn’t want to upset them. I thought I could handle it myself, but I was wrong. I should have told them. As I travel around the world talking to tens of thousands of  young people, it is evident that no one is immune from being bullied. This epidemic is not unique to North America. Bullying is a global issue.”  Nick’s book, Life Without Limits