The worst thing that could ever happen to someone is being driven out of school. One might think that a little bit of teasing and jealousy among kids would eventually blow over, but it isn’t so all the time. Even celebrities fell victim to bullies who were so harsh that they opted to taking the homeschool route.
Stars, including Demi Lovato and Kylie Jenner took a stand by launching anti-bullying campaigns, like Mean Stinks and #IAmMoreThan, respectively, to shed light on troubles kids face and show that they’re bigger than their suffering. Some of these celebs chronicle their tales through the roles they play and music they write, which can be extremely therapeutic. Check out the gallery below to who shared the similar struggle:
Imagine Katniss running away without putting up a fight in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. That probably would never happen, but it actually happened to J.Law IRL. She had to switch elementary schools a lot because of the mean girls. Middle school was a little easier, but when it came time to enroll in high school, she took online classes and was homeschooled.
"Junior high was actually sort of hard because I got dumped by this group of popular girls," said Taylor; a group that didn't think she was cool or pretty. Fortch, it turns out that this was a blessing in disguise because girls like them inspired her to write hit songs. T.Swift ended up getting homeschooled and said that she loved it.
Kristen started getting homeschooled at age 13, but not before she was ridiculed for not shaving her legs and dressing like her peers to fit in.
"I remember being made fun of because I wasn't wearing Juicy jeans. I didn't even think about it," the Twilight actress told Vanity Fair. Today, she's still unbothered and bad-ass as ever.
Sel actually hasn't been harshly bullied like other stars were. Sure, she was picked on, but that's enough to know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of negativity.
"I was never the popular kid at school," she revealed to Latina. Eventually, she did away with traditional schooling to be homeschooled.
The "Sorry" singer finished high school by taking online classes while on tour. But he wasn't always the cool kid because; he was bullied in school, too.
"Most people in their lifetime have been bullied at some point. I think that it's about time that people start making a change," JB said in an interview with Showbiz Tonight. To support that change, he lent his vocals to the trailer for the documentary Bully in the song "Born to be Somebody."
One star who had it really bad was Demi, who might have been 'cool for the summer,' but not so cool in school to others. Her childhood tormentors bullied her for being overweight.
"I actually ended up leaving school because of it," Demi said to Latina. She then opted to be homeschooled from 7th grade onward.
It sucks when you're being hated on for having a famous parent. Miley's father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was a country singer, so, in the 6th grade, a group of friends turned on her, threatened her and even shoved her into a bathroom stall and locked the door. Poor Miley wrote about the pain she went through in her book, Miles to Go. She also graduated high school early after being homeschooled.
The "Focus" singer faced her fair share of bullies and floated through social grills in school. Ariana wasn't homeschooled, but she did leave her high school, North Broward Preparatory School, and continued to be enrolled. She had her school materials sent to her in order to study with tutors.
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
These famous sisters weren't everyone's cup of tea and were bullied because of their family's success. Remember that time when Kylie shared her struggle to her Snapchat followers? Well, she confessed that she's been bullied since the age of 9.
Kendall was also bullied for her personal success on the runway, but that didn't stop her from becoming one of the world's highest-paid models. Both celebs left their private school to be homeschooled and have since graduated.
This former Disney Channel star was subjected to bulling for being dyslexic and had to be homeschooled when she was 14 years old.
In an interview with Fox & Friends, Bella got the chance to throw major shade at the kids who bullied her. "I have seen people comment before and they're like, 'OMG, like, I was your best friend in middle school.' And I'm like, 'You liar! That's not true.'"
Bullying got so bad for this Glee star that he was homeschooled for most of middle school. Chris returned to public school and was bullied in high school for his sexual orientation. He acted through his experiences on Glee as Kurt, a witty, fan fave.
The "Shower" singer is still positive despite what she's been through. After facing severe bullying in the 5th and 6th grade, Becky G ultimately left her school to join a homeschool program.
"For kids who get bullied in school, be strong. Whatever a person says, let it in through one ear and out the other," she said to Scholastic. That's a good piece of advice and is duly noted.
Modern Family's Ariel was bullied for being a child actress and had to drop out of public school to escape the torment. She's been homeschooled since the 2nd grade.