One of the unfortunate experiences that marks many childhoods is bullying. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, close to half of all children will experience school bullying at some point while they are at primary or secondary school.
A number of celebrities have gone public with their stories of being bullied when they were kids.It may surprise you to find out that a number of very famous people had to endure being bullied at some point in their lives.
Here are top five of the celebrities, and you cannot believe that the number one on this list.
5. Jennifer Lawrence
Yes, the strong, independent star of The Hunger Games was herself bullied as a kid. Elementary school was particularly tough for Lawrence, and she changed schools a number of times because of other girls who were picking on her. Now an idol for millions of young girls, Jennifer Lawrence has certainly come a long way.
4. Kate Winslet
As the youngest person to ever receive six Academy Award nominations, there’s no doubt about Kate Winslet’s place among Hollywood’s top actors. What’s not as well known is that Winslet was bullied during childhood because she was chubby, and was sometimes called “Blubber.”
Growing up in her native Barbados, her unique looks were not always well received by her peers. Rihanna says that she was bullied because her light complexion and green eyes made her look different than the other kids.
2. Christian Bale
In this actor’s case, it was actually the start of his acting career that seemed to have triggered the bullying he was forced to endure. At the age of 13, Bale starred in Empire of The Sun.
Although one might expect that being a movie star would be well-received by his peers, the opposite happened. He was regularly punched and kicked by other kids who were most likely jealous of his success.
1. Jackie Chan
Who would have expected this martial arts expert and action movie star to show up on a list like this? Chan wasn’t always the expert martial artist, and he was too scared to stand up to the kids who bullied him when he attended Peking Opera School.
Chan eventually learned to stand up for himself after he had the courage to defend another student who was being bullied.
Source: Daily Entertainment