Category: Celebrities Who Were Bullied

Suzanne Somers

“I believed wrongly that if I could just be perfect he, my father, would love me enough to not have a drink. At night when alcohol made my Dad especially violent, we would all get hurt physically or emotionally. The booze made him act viciously and say terrible things; “You’re stupid, hopeless, worthless, you’re nothing, you’re a big zero.” Sadly, his rants became my reality. I believed I was what he said.”
  Suzanne Somers People Magazine

Tiffany Haddish

“I was told everyday I’d never be nothing. Now I look in the mirror and say, Tiffany Haddish, I love and approve of you,  and it was all worth it. (She used to laugh to keep from crying. Whether it was her mom, or bullies at school.) If I could make them laugh, I was less likely to get beat. I used humor like magic- I felt like I was a little Harry Potter.”  People  Magazine

Julianne Hough

“I got bullied in high school big time. I had just come back from London and was the new kid. People looked at me like, she thinks she’s all that. And because I didn’t know how to talk to them, maybe I did come across that way? I don’t know. I got asked to prom by a guy, and he ended up ditching me that day because the girls told him to do it. They made up rumors when I was on a choir trip that I did naughty things. And then I got invited to a party when I was 15, and my dad took me there because I couldn’t drive –but it was an abandoned house. I was like maybe they’re in the back, and my dad was like I don’t think they are sweetheart.” Red Book Magazine

Amy Poehler

“In middle school, my demon would receive my school picture and maybe gently suggest I do something about those eyebrows, but for the most part it left me alone. Then I started caring about boys. Boys, who were going through their own battles, started to point things out about me I hadn’t yet noticed. I looked like a frog. I smiled like a Muppet. One told me to stop looking at him with my big weird eyes. I looked in the mirror at my flat chest and my freckles and hear a sound. It was the demon. He moved in and demanded the top bunk. The demon still visits me often. I wish I could tell you that being on TV or having a nice picture in a magazine suddenly washes all of those thoughts away, but it really doesn’t.” People Magazine


“I was often bullied and shamed into hiding the things that made me unique. I remember hanging up the velvet pants I had made by hand and asking my mother to take me to the GAP to buy some normal clothes at one point. That experiment failed miserably. because it just wasn’t me. When I think about the kind of bullying I dealt with as a child and teen, it seems almost quaint compared with what goes on today. The amount of body shaming and baseless slut-shaming online makes me sick. I know from personal experience how comments can mess up somebody’s self confidence and sense of self worth. I have felt so unlovable after reading cruel words written by strangers who don’t know a thing about me.” People Magazine

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