Being a public figure in today’s spotlight may seem like one of the most glamorous career choices in town – fulfilling job, amazing social life, free clothes, all those dolla dolla bills… what’s not to love?!
Unfortunately, a lot. Because people can be really mean, and what may start out in the beginning as an innocent dream can soon turn into a genuine nightmare. Sadly, for some of our fave ladies like Zoella and Jesy Nelson, this soon became a reality.
We can’t think of a bad word to say about Zoella, but the YouTube mega-babe has had to deal with some really nasty cyberbullies in the past. “I’ve had comments about my appearance, people telling me I’m too skinny to be a role model, that I lie about having anxiety just to get views… pretty much everything you could think of,” she explained.
Seriously?! How can anyone actually say that about her? Or anyone else, for that matter.
It wasn’t long before the abuse that was thrown Zoe’s way started to take it’s toll, with her admitting: “It knocks your confidence. They wanted to upset me and make me feel rubbish and that’s exactly what they did.”
And she’s not alone. When Jesy was thrust into the limelight back in 2011 alongside her fellow Little Mix girls, she ended up facing some horrible backlash from cyberbullies online. “When you’ve got your own insecurities and then people write them on websites for everyone to see, it just makes you feel really rubbish.”
It breaks our hearts to know that people can so easily hide behind their computer screens and make amazing girls like Zoe and Jesy feel so sad.
But don’t worry guys, because there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and these two courageous ladies have some words of wisdom for anyone who has found themselves suffering at the hands of a cyberbully.
Zoe says, “I think it’s very easy for somebody to type what they want to type and press send – they don’t even have to think about it. But the people that love you and that give you positivity are the people that really matter.”
And in the words of Jesy, “People are always going to put you down. Whether you’re in the media or not, you get bitchy people. You’ve just got to learn to ignore it and love yourself.”
YASS QUEENS. We couldn’t agree more.
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