Bella Thorne revealed her thoughts and feelings when she decided to share her #MeToo story with the world.
The actress contributed her story on Instagram by publicly revealing, in response to the Time’s Up movement, that she was sexually abused when she was 14.
During an interview with Under the Influence, Thorne revealed that coming out with her #MeToo story in public was a difficult and confusing decision for her.
The interview took place in the space of a comfortable environment inside her home. She sat with ease on a couch in a sweatshirt, and spoke about the difficult things she had faced in her life.
The former Disney star, took to Instagram and Twitter in January to share her story about molestation and sexual abuse that she suffered as a child.
The interviewer asked her, “You’ve been talking about being molested earlier. Do you regret at all saying that on social media? I saw you talked about it on Instagram, talk about in on Twitter and then just the coverage it got and the questions, who is it, what happened, blah blah blah… Do you wish you censored yourself sometimes, like do you regret it after you said it?”
She replied saying, “I’ve been thinking about saying it for a really long time.”
However, she further disclosed that she got very upset about an immediate insensitive comment that she received on Twitter which almost made her take down the post.
She said, “I was just very sad. I remember I was laying in bed and the first thing I tweeted was, someone said this stupid f$$king comment that said, ‘Umm was it Disney or were you just molested or were you just raped or something.’ And I was like no it wasn’t Disney and yeah I was.”
She further described, “So angry that I just tweeted it out and then I was like ‘oh f**k do I delete it?’ And then I was like, ‘no Bella, you just let it stay on there and then I didn’t say anything about it for a while.'”
Thorne concluded the interview with her last statement, explaining how she overcame her fear of being terrified and confused after her Instagram post.
She said, “When the second one that I did, which was very more really being blatant about it, I tweeted that and then I was like f**k! And then I called my manager and I was like, ‘look at my tweet I just screen-shotted it to you.’ He was like ‘Aww Bella’ and I was like, ‘Is it bad?” And he was like, ‘Is it bad? Bella, there’s nothing bad about this. This is good. You are not any less of a person because this has happened to you.’
“It was one of the first time that someone had actually said that to me since it happened and it really meant the world to me.” she concluded.
In her Instagram post, she boldly stated, “I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14.. when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it. All damn night. Waiting for someone to take advantage of my life again. Over and over I waited for it to stop and finally it did. But some of us aren’t as lucky to get out alive. Please, today stand up for every soul Mistreated. #Timesup”
Throne also shared a similar #MeToo post in the form of a tweet on Twitter, she stated, “I never knew what was right or wrong growing up. I didn’t know the person sneaking into my bedroom at night was a bad person. #timesup”
The worldwide trending #MeToo hashtag, has been powerfully used by some of the biggest A-list stars including, Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
The full interview of Bella Thorne can be viewed here.