Kids can be very mean to each other. And a great number of us can openly admit to having a rather rough time back at high school, often having fallen victim to hurtful slurs, malicious taunting and even brutal violence in our younger years.
The following 13 celebrities can relate to this experience all too well, having been savagely bullied when they were kids and teenagers too. But with time, they survived and thrived, becoming some of the most successful people on the planet.
Ultimately, these A-listers are living proof that each and every one of us can combat bullies and go from strength to strength. Let's take a look at some of the empowering things they've said in the past!
1. Jennifer Lawrence
"I changed school 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."
2. Jackie Chan
"I was bullied a lot when I was growing up. [...] 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 form being bullied. By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself."
And then... Jackie grew up to be the most bad-ass martial arts star of all:
3. Robert Pattinson
"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."
4. Megan Fox
"I was bullied and it's hard, you feel like high school's never going to be over. It's four years of your life and you just have to remember the person picking on you has their own problems and their own issues. And you're going to be OK."
5. Sandra Bullock
"I looked like a clown compared to the cool way the other students looked and dressed. So I got my ass whipped a little bit... Kids are mean, and the sad thing is that I can still remember the first and last named of every one of those kids who were mean to me!"
I bet those bullies better hope they never cross paths with Sandra now!
6. Eva Mendes
"I became a victim of bullying. I was a gawky, skinny girl with big teeth and that made an easy target. I had two bullies and they tortured me all through junior high school."
7. 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."
Ironically, Tom went on to be the biggest action star in Hollywood, beating away those bad girls left-right-and-center:
8. Christina Hendricks
"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 assholes now are still going to be assholes in 20 years. So let it go!"
9. Jessica Alba
"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 me being mixed race, my parents didn't have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool backpack."
10. Demi Lovato
"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."
11. Christian Bale
"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."
12. Miley Cyrus
"These were big, tough girls, I was scrawny and short. They were fully capable of doing me bodily harm. 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."
13. Taylor Swift
"I remember when I was in school, the whole reason I started writing songs was because I was alone a lot of the time. I’d sit there in school and I’d be hearing people like, ‘Oh my god, this party that we’re going to is going to be so awesome on Friday. Everyone’s invited except for [Taylor]."