If you have experience with being bullied, you wouldn’t be the only one. In fact, some of the most famous and beautiful people in Hollywood have had some horrific things done to them.
Like Miley Cyrus who got bullied not only for who she was but her one-hit-wonder father. Demi Lovato who had girls sign petitions about how much they hate her, or the physical beatings that Batman endured on a regular basis.
We’ve turned back the clock and tracked down photos of almost every celebrity on our list to help explain why some of them may have been bullied. After all, we can tell you that Christina Hendricks dressed like a goth, but wouldn’t you rather see it?
With quotes from every celebrity, we’ll also let them put it into their own words how their experiences haunt them as adults or why Chris Rock called it the most defining moment of his life.
These are 15 celebrities that you’d never guess were bullied in high school.
15. Demi Lovato – People Signed Hate Petitions
Demi Lovato underwent plenty of bullying when she was in middle school, in fact, the behavior that she had to go through is some of the more shocking experiences on our list
“People would write ‘hate petitions’ [about me] and send them around to be signed. They’d have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They’d come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away,” said Lovato.
It’s one thing to insult someone, but it definitely feels like it gets taken to an extreme level when people are literally getting others to sign a piece of paper saying how much they hate you. When you consider she was also bashed for her musical talent, you can imagine that jealousy played a huge role in why she was targeted.
14. Eva Mendes – Was A Teacher’s Pet, Blames Bullying For Adult Anxiety
Eva Mendes may be incredibly beautiful, but when she was growing up it was her love of school that led to some of her harassment,
“I was every mother’s dream. I loved doing my homework and helping out with the housework. The downside was that I became a victim of bullying,”
Mendes also said she was tormented for her appearance,
“I was a gawky, skinny girl with big teeth and that made me an easy target. I had two bullies and they tortured me all through junior high school.”
13. Jessica Alba – Ate Lunch In The Nurse’s Office
One of the toughest moments for students who are bullied comes during lunch. Jessica Alba would definitely agree with that statement, saying in a past interview,
“I’d eat my lunch in the nurse’s office so I didn’t have to sit with the other girls. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn’t have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool backpack.”
Alba, like many celebrities on this list, relied on her passion for acting to help her escape,
12. Barack Obama – Hated On For His Name And Ears
Could you imagine bullying someone who ended up becoming President of the United States? You better hope he isn’t someone that holds a grudge, though to be honest, it’d be a lot more likely that Trump would than Obama.
Michelle and Barack opened up about bullying throughout his time as President, including organizing a White House summit on the issue back in 2011.
“As adults, we all remember what it was like to see kids picked on in the hallways or in the schoolyard. I have to say with big ears and the name that I have, I wasn’t immune. I didn’t emerge unscathed,” said Obama when he was talking about his past schooling experience.
11. Miley Cyrus – Taunted For Her Father, And Locked In Room For An Hour
Miley Cyrus has been outspoken about the importance of loving yourself and being confident in your own skin, but growing up there were people that constantly tormented her and made her life hell. Cyrus recapped a particularly traumatic situation in a past interview,
“They shoved me in. I was trapped. I banged on the door until my fists hurt. Nobody came. I spent what felt like an hour in there, waiting for someone to rescue me, wondering how my life had gotten so messed up.”
Cyrus’ bullying wasn’t exclusive to just herself, as she said people also insulted her father saying things like,
10. Victoria Beckham – Kids Would Pick Things Out Of Puddles To Throw At Her
Victoria Beckham is an incredibly successful model and considered to be one of the most beautiful women around (or at least, was during her prime), plus she’s given us Spice Girls, so we definitely aren’t going to be hating on her too hard.
But while the Spice Girls looked like a tight-knit group, it may have also been the closest thing to a group of friends that Beckham ever had. Beckham described her entire school experience as miserable and when interviewed, opened up about some of the torment,
“The [other kids] 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.”
9. Jennifer Lawrence – Changed Schools Because Of Bullying
It’s always a difficult thing to go to a new school as a child, now imagine having to transfer schools because you continually were getting bullied? That was the experience that Lawrence had time and time again growing up.
“I changed schools a lot when I was in elementary school because some girls were mean. They were less mean in middle school because I was doing all right; although this one girl gave me invitations to hand out to her birthday party that I wasn’t invited to,” said Lawrence.
Lawrence did, however, offer some motivating advice for those who are being bullied,
8. Winona Ryder – Head Slammed Into Lockers, But Got To Face Bully After Fame
Plenty of these celebrities may wish they were given the opportunity to run into their bullies, but Ryder is the only one who literally got that chance.
She recapped the entire experience, including the horrific treatment that she endured,
“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f**got’. They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies,”
Ryder went on to say,
“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*ck yourself.’”
7. Christian Bale – Took Beatings For Years
Could you imagine bullying the person that ends up playing Batman? Better hope Bale never came back to town to extract some vengeance!
“I took a beating from several boys for years. They put me through hell, punching and kicking me all the time. If you can face the bullying at school and come through it stronger, that is a lesson for life,” said Bale when he was asked about his schooling experience.
6. Taylor Swift – Teased For Loving Country Music
Taylor Swift has plenty of experience dishing out some sass about people in her music, something that she says she started doing as a child to help escape from her bullying.
“Junior high was actually sort of hard because I got dumped by this group of popular girls. They didn’t think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me. Really, if I hadn’t come home from school miserable every day, maybe I wouldn’t have been so motivated to write songs. I should probably thank them!” said Swift in a past interview.
5. Rihanna – Tormented For Skin Tone And Chest
Rihanna faced people tormenting her throughout her life, whether it was due to how her appearance looked or how her body started becoming a subject of attention as she got older,
“I got teased my entire school life. What they were picking on I don’t even understand. It was my skin color [which was lighter than her classmates’]. Then when I got older, it was about my breasts.”
While these were obviously horrific moments for her to endure growing up, Rihanna has an amazingly positive outlook on how it helped shape her,
“But I’m not victimized—I’m grateful. I think those experiences were strategically put together by God for the preparation of being in the music industry. It’s so easy for me to deal with the bullsh*t now.”
4. Tyra Banks – Made Fun Of For Forehead
Tyra Banks may be one of the most successful models of all-time, but it’s amazing she was so confident when you consider she was constantly getting picked on for her appearance,
“People called me Olive Oyl, Lightbulb Head, and Fivehead, because my forehead was so big. I used to be the freak at school. I was 5’9” and really skinny. I used to get picked on a lot. But now I can get my own back.”
When interviewed, Banks specifically called out one person who was a jerk to her,
3. Christina Hendricks – Was “Bullied Like Crazy”
While there are many celebrities on this list who have had awful experiences, Hendricks was adamant that her experience may have topped them all.
“I had the worst high school experience ever. I went to a very mean school and was bullied like crazy… If I could go back and tell my 14-year-old self anything it would be, ‘Don’t worry. You’re going to be doing exactly what you want to be doing and those people who are a**holes now are still going to be a**holes in 20 years. So let it go!,'” said Hendricks.
2. Justin Timberlake – Bullied Because He Didn’t Play Football
Justin Timberlake clearly made the right decision to focus on music when he was growing up in Tennessee, but it was his love of these interests that made him an easy target for bullying
“If you didn’t play football, you were a sissy. I got slurs all the time because I was in music and art… I was an outcast in a lot of ways… but everything that you get picked on for or you feel makes you weird is essentially what’s going to make you sexy as an adult,” said Timberlake.
1. Chris Rock – Called It The Most Defining Moment Of His Life
Chris Rock is one of the funniest comedians to ever hit the stage, but he is well aware that he would not be the person he is today without his experiences growing up, and that includes a lot of bullying. In fact, when talking about it, Rock said, “The defining moment of my life … it made me who I am.”
Rock did, however, make sure to state the importance of having the incredible amount of love and support that he had back at home as reasons for why he was able to survive the adversity.
When talking about specific reasons as to why he was bullied, you may not be shocked to hear that race was a factor,
“My mother and father wanted me to go to a better school, so I was bused to this poor, white neighborhood…I was the only black boy in my grade for most of the time. I was a little guy, too, a skinny runt.”