Courtney Stodden Tells Bullying Victims To 'Stay True To Themselves'
Teen bride Courtney Stodden says she's living "like a princess" these days, but it wasn't always that way -- and she has a message for teens.
"You need to realize that it's not [you]," she told TheFABlife this week. "It's the bully who's picking on them, it's their problem."
The 17-year-old Stodden tells TheFABlife that she was once victim to bullying, and before she married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison, she had posted a video to YouTube that criticizes cyberbullying.
"Jealousy goes so far to the extent where threaten you. They say, we're going to kill you or you should be killed," she says in the YouTube video. "I'm actually scared for their mental being. It's just sad what jealousy pushes them to say and do."
In an interview with ABC's Nightline in July, Stodden said she was bullied so badly by other girls because of her mature looks that her mother pulled the teen out of school for home schooling.
She continues her message on TheFablife: "There's nothing wrong with the victim. They're perfect, they're beautiful, and they need to stay true to themselves."
Stodden is one of many in the public eye who have spoken out against bullying by discussing their own pasts.
Last week, actress Charlize Theron told People magazine that she struggled to fit in during her school years and was victim to bullying. Theron said she was teased for her "nerdy glasses," haircut and clothes, and her desire to be one of the popular kids made her do "crazy things."
Madonna also spoke out in Harper's Bazaar to tell her story of a "tortured" childhood rife with schoolyard bullying.
"The boys in my school would make fun of me," she told Harper's Baazar. "'Hairy monster.' You know, things like that."
On the other side of the fence, rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is combating bullying through a new book titled Playground that takes a look at school taunting through the eyes of the bully. He admitted that while he was generally the one doing the teasing in school, having a retrospective look allows him to realize "that was completely wrong," and understand the motivations, he told the TODAY show last month.
Like Jackson, supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks was what she calls a "mean girl" when she was in school, but later became a bullying victim, and has called on fans to join her and the battle against bullying.
In the wake of the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, Lady Gaga has called for a legal end to bullying, though investigators said last week that no charges would be filed in the case. Rodemeyer took his own life Sept. 18 allegedly as a result of relentless online and in-school peer bullying.
Watch the rest of Stodden's message above.