12 Hot Celebrities Who Were Bullied as Kids (PHOTOS)

Jill Baughman | Apr 29, 2014 Celebrities

sandra bullockIt can be quite difficult to imagine that the current A-list, Hollywood elite, performers who are enjoying fame, fortune, and are loved by fans around the world, could ever have once been bullied as children. From Sandra Bullock to Tyra Banks to Justin Timberlake, while growing up, these celebrities had to deal with what many children across the nation are struggling to cope with every single day: relentless teasing and tormenting thanks to their cruel peers.

But they have all risen above it in amazing ways, and we can only imagine how their bullies must feel about poking fun at them now. Check out these 12 celebrities who were once bullied as kids.

Do you know any other celebrity who was picked on as a kid that we didn't mention?


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  • Justin Timberlake


    The pop icon who has pretty much taken over the entertainment world was apparently constantly picked on when he was a kid. He revealed, "I got picked on all the time. I had terrible acne, weird hair." He also told Ellen DeGeneres, "I grew up in Tennessee, and if you didn't play football, you were a sissy. I got slurs all the time because I was in music and art. But everything that you get picked on for is essentially what's going to make you sexy as an adult."

    Amen to that, Justin!

  • Kate Winslet


    Kate Winslet, who's one of the most well-renowed, talented, and respected actresses in the world, told Marie Claire, "I was bullied for being chubby. Where are they now!" At times Kate says she still feels like the insecure girl who was once nicknamed "Blubber." She was also apparently once locked inside an art cupboard. Man, kids can be so mean. But, like she said, who's laughing now?

  • Kate Middleton


    So Kate Middleton may not be an actress or singer, but she married a freakin' prince and has one of the most recognizable faces in the world. But believe it or not, she actually (sort of) had her own Cinderella-like beginning.

    It's been reported that Kate was forced to leave a leading public school because of "insidious" girls who thought she was "skinny" and "meek." The accounts of just how terribly she was bullied range from girls stealing her books to tormenting her because she was a "sitting duck," though nothing's been confirmed by Kate herself. Now arguably one of the most beautiful and fashionable women in the world and married to a prince with an adorable baby son -- needless to say, Kate's come up on top.

  • Robert Pattinson


    Edward freakin' Cullen of all people was once bullied as a teen. The gorgeous, gifted Robert Pattinson admitted, in his well-known self-deprecating style, "I got beaten up by a lot of people when I was younger. I was a bit of an idiot, but I always thought the assaults were unprovoked. It was after I first started acting and I liked to behave like an actor, or how I thought an actor was supposed to be, and that apparently provoked a lot of people into hitting me."

    Perhaps his pupils at The Harrodian School in west London were too intimidated by his good looks and emerging talent ... or something. Now his worries should solely concern the hordes of women hitting on him, the globs of money he owns, and which blockbuster film to star in next.

  • Jennifer Lawrence


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    The girl who was on fire (as well as an Oscar winner) didn't have to fight to death in an arena, but Jennifer Lawrence didn't get invited to a friend's birthday party -- hey, that stuff stays with you longer than any of us would like to admit. "I changed schools a lot when I was in elementary school because some girls were mean," Lawrence told The Sun. "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."

    But of course she had to add this: "I just hocked a loogie on them and threw them in the trash can," she quipped. "Don't worry about the bitches. That could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life."

  • Tyra Banks


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    Sometimes there just are no words when one of the most beautiful women in existence admits to being bullied. Tyra Banks confessed, "When I was 11 years old, I grew three inches and lost 30 pounds in three months. So I went from being a mean bully, cute little chubby little girl to shooting up, [weighing] 98 pounds and just looking sick and frail."

    She also admitted, "I was the brunt of every joke, every bad thing. I hated my reflection in the mirror. I would try to stuff food down my throat to gain weight."

    Obviously her amazing body and striking height and features would make her one of the most famous models ever. Just goes to show that it does, indeed, get better!

  • Sandra Bullock


    At times it can be crazy to think that America's Sweetheart was anything but beloved, but Sandra Bullock did not have an easy time growing up. She said, "Junior High was not a good time, I’d just come back from living in Europe and I was very, er, Germanic so you could say."

    She also was made fun of for her lisp. "˜What would I wish someone would have said to me at 12 when I had my speech impediment?" she reflects. "What do I want to say to little girls that I know? Keep saying, 'Don't change. Be who you are.'"

  • Christian Bale


    Not even Batman could avoid the bullies. When Christian Bale starred in Empire of the Sun back in 1987 when he was 13 years old, he became an instant celebrity. You'd think he'd become prom king because of that, but the opposite happened.

    He recalls, "It was not a great time. I was a victim of bullying and had other kids kicking and punching me every day. It was an early lesson in how making a film can set you apart. If you don't want to live with the consequences, then don't make the film."

    And that clearly had lingering effects on him ever since. "But that didn't help at the time. I was confused about other people's reactions to me, both good and bad. It can mess anyone up."

    Wonder who he was thinking about while filming that iconic axe scene from American Psycho?

  • Christina Hendricks


    Curvy, gorgeous, talented, Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" Christina Hendricks opened up about her high school days, making the drama on Mad Men seem like child's play.

    "My school days were pretty unhappy. I had the worst high school experience ever. I went to a very mean school and was bullied like crazy ... There was a long corridor with lockers on either side and kids would sit on top of them and spit on you. It was like something out of Lord of the Flies."

    She also said, "I was a goth kid. I dyed my hair about 42 different colors, shaved it at the back, and wore black makeup. Kids can be pretty judgmental about people who are different. But instead of breaking down and conforming, I stood firm." Inspiring stuff for anyone going through a phase like this while growing up.

  • Jackie Chan


    Jackie Chan was once bullied?! But he does all his own stunts! That's right, he once admitted that, back in the day, he was often picked on and was too afraid to stand up for himself.

    "I was bullied quite a lot when I was growing up in my Peking Opera School," he explained. "I allowed myself to be bullied because I was scared and didn’t know how to defend myself. I was bullied until I prevented a new student from being bullied. By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself."

    Looks like he carried on that good-guy, badass mentality for the rest of his illustrious career. As he once said, "I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan."

  • Rihanna


    Beautiful Rihanna says she was bullied at school for being, um, "white." She was teased while growing up on the Caribbean island of Barbados because of her fair skin.

    "I was a little confused as a kid because I grew up with my mum, and my mum is black," she told Allure. "So I was cultured in a very 'black' way. But when I go to school, I’m getting called 'white.' They would look at me and would curse me out. I didn’t understand. I just knew I saw people of all different shades and I was light. Now I’m in a much bigger world."

    She also admitted to Glamour, “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. 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."

  • Jessica Alba


    It's easy to say that Jessica Alba is one of the most attractive people ever to exist in life. So it's hard to believe she didn't have her peers falling at her feet. Nope, instead, she used her initial fear of her bullies to eventually gain a reputation of being a "tough nut." She says, "I'm tough now because as a kid I never fought back. I didn't want to lower myself to the level of the bullies. I started to really blossom into my looks when I was about 14 or 15, but I actually felt embarrassed about being pretty. My physical strength became my hard shell."

    And it seems she was tormented every day by fellow students. "I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school so I didn't get attacked. I'd eat my lunch in the nurses' 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."

    Obviously she doesn't have to worry about money now. And can give adorable Haven and Honor all the cute clothes and cool backpacks they'd ever desire! Let's just hope she instills in her children not to make fun of the other kids who don't have them.