They’re on top of the world, they are adored by fans and mobbed by paparazzi, but many celebrities did not have it easy when they were kids.
To hear them talk about their school experiences, it’s hard to believe there was a time when some of the most successful and beautiful people in the world were bullied, laughed at, or spat on.
And, yet, some have pretty horrific stories to tell about their teenage years. Let’s have a look at the rough childhood of some of your favorite celebrities.
10 Jennifer Lawrence
The odds were not in her favor when she was a kid. The Hunger Games star had a tough time in elementary school, as her classmates, especially the girls, were often mean to her.
This is why she had to change schools several times. When Jennifer Lawrence went to middle school, things got a little better, although she still remembers an incident when a girl asked her to help her distribute invitations for her birthday party… a party, the actress, was not invited to! How mean is that?
Well, it must be said, Lawrence stood up for herself and answered in kind to some of the more vicious bullies.
“I just hocked a loogie on them and threw them in the trash can,” she recalls. When you survive middle school, the Hunger Games are a piece of cake.
9 Jessica Alba
The Dark Angel star spent most of her childhood as the odd one out, being picked continuously by the other children in school.
Jessica Alba had no friends, and she ate her lunch in the nurse’s office, where she was safe from her tormentors. Things must have been pretty bad since her father would walk her to school every day to make sure no one would attack her.
Why was she singled out? Probably because her folks did not have money to buy her cool clothes. To think that fashion houses now beg her to don their outfits!
8 Justin Timberlake
Back in high school, the American singer was not the heartthrob he is today. He was just another gangly teenager, and his classmates called him all sorts of names.
The reason? They thought him weird! Fortunately, Timberlake had a mother who taught him being different is OK and gave him the strength to survive the traumatic experience.
Rapper Eminem is a bit weird even today, and that’s a good thing when you’re in showbiz. Back in school, this cost him quite a lot.
To make matters worse, his family moved a lot, so he had to start all over again, being the new kid in school. The other children beat him, and he struggled to make friends.