Selena Gomez: I'm Still Battling Bullies

Selena Gomez: I'm Still Battling Bullies

Selena Gomez opens up about her past struggle with bullies in a recent interview with the New York Post.

The 18-year-old singer and actress revealed she was taunted by her middle school classmates because of her job.

“I was definitely picked on in school. I was definitely made fun of for being in the [entertainment] industry,” Selena shared, adding that homeschooling helped but she’s still being bullied today.

“I get criticized by adults who say awful things about me on the Internet, things that affect me that I try not to read,” she said.

To address the widespread bullying problem, Wizards of Waverly Place‘s new season, which kicks off November 12, will feature an episode where Max (Jake T. Austin) finds himself being pushed around at school.

Check out more of Selena‘s NYP interview here.

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  • Mika

    … wasn’t she home schooled? She never went to a middle school, did she?

    What’s up with all the disney stars claiming they got bullied when they were younger? Trying to relate to your fans? You’re rich and successful and those who bullied you are probably at home picking their noses. As for the adults who criticize, who cares? You’re surrounded by fans that LOVE you, so random adults shouldn’t break you.

    It’s annoying to hear them being “bullied”.

  • zanessa94

    @Mika: she went to school but like demi she decided that she want homeschooled.
    (sorry for my bad english)

  • zena

    I guess there are different degrees of what one considers bullying, and it probably depends on how thick a person’s skin is as to how they take negative comments. But I would think that professional criticism is different from schoolyard bullying, which is senseless and motivated by kids who just want to hurt each other and far more emotionally damaging.

    It’s definitely becoming tiresome to hear every young star out there claiming “bullying” as a hardship, when it comes with the territory in Hollywierd; Especially from Selena who is universally loved by most of young america. Criticism of her professional body of work, is far different from commentary on her looks, weight, drug habits, mental stability, etc. which more of her peers at disney are facing than she is.

  • Ashley

    So many Celebs got bullied it’s weird to think about..
    Selena’s awesome though best Disney star :)

  • Naty

    @Mika:

    Totally agree with you!
    Poor Disney rich kids! Give me a break!

  • none

    Wait a minute Selena was homeschooled. How was she bullied. This is b.s. She is 18 which makes her an adult too. So how can adults bully her when she is one? I am getting tired of the I’ve been bullied band wagon everyone is jumping on. We all have war stories that we can tell about bullies. This story is b.s How was she bullied? Get over it people and move on. It’s part of life.

  • Haters Suck!

    Wow seems like a lot of people are making excuses for bullying. Some of you may think it’s ok but I don’t and I never will. I don’t care who you are, what you do, or how much money you have no one deserves to get bullied and nothing you say can make it right. I’ve been fighting against bullies for most of my life. I’ve fought my bullies, my friends bullies, even bullies of people I didn’t know. Heck, now I even fight internet bullies hence my moniker.

  • amy

    What BS she was homeschooled and she seems so snobby & uptight. Anyway she had the time to talk about how she was “bullied” but doesnt have the time to comment on Demi Lovato being in a treatment center?

  • Mollymakeout

    oh how convenient, she’s never spoken about bullying but now that she has an episode of her show about bullying and to take sympathy/attention off of demi, suddenly, voila! she was bullied. whatever, some people are actually bullied, it’s not something to mold for your own use. you just lost my respect selena.

  • http://www.meiner.com meiner

    I can understand them …
    as unqualified people, the one not to know, comment …
    see http://www.oceanup.com

  • http://www.meiner.com meiner

    @Mollymakeout:
    one has nothing to do with the other.

    Disney currently reaches only the current topic on

    Please think ahead

  • J

    Why does even care? I would think she would be to busy too worry about what others think of her. And Adults? There not one adults out there that even a fan of hers, without there kids being into her. It not she did any movies recently that are away from the children audience, which is her core audience. So with that being said, I think this whole story is a bunch of bull. These bully stories are really starting too get ridiculous now.

  • jasmine

    Actually Selena was unhappy about being homeschooled, cause she wanted proms and lockers.
    She even cried about it, but after hearing what her friends in school complain about schooling, she was alright

  • http://3needxxzvxxgaga.tumblr.com/ 3nEedxx

    ..Kids in the world are dying each day ..and people are making a big deal out of HER for being bullied for a couple of years …..Kids are suffering so much more than she ever will and she,s complaining about THIS ..she has money fame fans every thing she wants ….this is an idiotic thing to do ..BITCH

  • lulu

    FFS! She’s such an attention seeker! She comes to England and finds out Cheryl Cole is famous and goes on about her being her role model and she’s known her for what, 5 minutes? It’s just so she can get the press. And funny how she’s started talking about bullying when other celebrities are helping stop it and her episode comes out. She’s got everything a girl wants and she’s talking about proffesionals critsising her work- that’s what they’re paid for! Just because people aren’t saying how pretty she is all the time doesn’t mean they’re bullying her! I went through terrible stages of bullying in school and it lasted 6 years! I think I know what bullying is, she’s just trying to get attention. She’s not the sweet girl everyone thinks she is :P so fed up of these fake Disney stars!

  • http://@Mellz89 Mellz89

    @Mika:
    come on..seriously??YES they rich n successful!! BUT what happen to them ‘BEFORE’ they got famous?they just like US who has enemy at school! so stfu!

  • http://@Mellz89 Mellz89

    @lulu:
    FUCK U !! HOW CAN U JUDGE HER! U DONT EVEN KNOW HER!
    ABOUT CHERLY COLE..SHE TALK ABOUT IT WAY BEFORE SHE’S RIGHT NOW! I’M HER FAN FOR 4YEARS NOW!N I KNOW SHE ALREADY LOVE N BEING A FAN OF CHERLY COLE SINCE ‘GIRLS ALOUD’!!!!
    N SHE HAS DONE MANY CHARITY WAAAAAYYYY BEFORE SHE BECAME UNICEF AMBBASSADOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SSSSOOOOOOOOOO STFU!! DONT LIKE HER THEN DONT CAME HER N READ ANY NEWS!!!!!!!!!!! ABOUT HER!!!

  • lulu

    @Mellz89: oh good grief. you’re one of those fans who hate others having an opinion. and I didn’t say she didn’t do any charity work what are you on about? And she said before she came to the UK she didn’t even know who she was so get your info right and ffs she’s not being bullied think I know what bullying is I’ve had it for 6 years of my life!! Just let others have a say just coz I’m not saying how amazing she is doesn’t mean you can tell everyone to F.O :P

    Oh and check your grammar and spelling.

  • ally

    @lulu:

    agreeeee. totally. and don’t give a f*ck about what this “fan” is saying, I can’t actually believe she was born in 89, if that’s what her nickname says haha I can’t stand people that don’t come clear with other peoples opinion just because they’re a fan of that celebrity and love everything they do or say. it’s ridiculous.

  • http://threadjunkie.tumblr.com Tania

    @Mika:

    I agree with you but you also shouldn’t be so quick to judge them. In all honesty I believe that these “Disney rich kids” have it harder than we do (especially if you’re a 16-18 year old living in the public eye). People are constantly criticizing you and yeah, they do have people who LOVE them but in most cases when you’re in a situation like that the bad always outdoes the good.

    And why should you say that that stuff shouldn’t bother them? Demi is the perfect example that things may LOOK good on the outside but can be really messed up on the inside.

    We’ll see where they’ll end up in the future.

  • blah.

    ok it really bothers me how these disney stars think they had it bad when other kids get bullied for things they can’t change.

    some kids get bullied for being poor. looking a certain way, and things like that but these disney kids have everything they want, if they don’t like school then they can get HOMESCHOOLED, whereas some kids dont even have that as an option

    at the end of the day for them, they will have a job, and a nice home to go home to.

    UGH/.

  • lulu

    @ally: thank you!! :D geez some ppl just can’t take it can they? And if she’s seriously born in 1989, wow she needs a hobby!! x x x

  • kanani

    Yeaah, um I don’t think she ever went to regular school. This is BS. She has NEVER, not even once, spoken about being bullied. She’s trying to be like Demi. Demi has always talked about how she was bullied and is now in rehab for it. She even did PSA about it. Selena is just wants attention. I mean she’s not even making a statement about Demi being in rehab. If they apparently still “friends”, she would say something about it, but nope. Show’s how good of a “friend” Sel is. -__-

  • kanani

    And why would someone bully you for being in the entertainment industry? That just makes no sense whatsoever. This is such bull. Get a new story Selena.

  • wheelycute1992

    @none:

    If you READ the article it says she WENT to MIDDLESCHOOL then DECIDED she wanted to be HOMESCHOOLED! READ the whole damn article before commenting about being tired of hearing about them talking about bullying!

  • Karen

    i cant believe u guys r making fun of her for saying she was bullied? maybe shes speaking up about it now cuz she knows how the demi situation impacted ppl and she wants to her fans to know that its wrong. u ever think of that?

  • jessica

    selena was bullied? yeah right. god i hate that all these stars are keep saying there were bullied. i bet half of them didn’t even get bullied.

  • smiley

    ugh, I’m sorry Selena. You’re a beautiful girl, very beautiful! You have talent too. They’re just haters! :)

  • kritical

    Oh, boy. You people have got to realize she was home-schooled only when she started working for Disney.

    As for being famous/rich and bullied “crap”, people are bullying her everyday, judging her for whatever she does like you guys are right now, calling out BS on her.

    And apparently, she reads a lot of the stuff people say about her on the internet, and it possibly affects her.

  • http://www.twitter.com/leanneOfficialx LABN

    I’ve read all of your comments and it’s sad that you all are bullying Selena right now with your cold-blooded comments, you all need to take bullying more seriously, how would you like it if you’re bullied right now? I feel so sorry for Selena, she deserved ALOT better treatment from you guys.

    It’s just sad that all you people don’t care for other people except yourselves. I’ve been picked on for 12 years and I know what it’s like, it’s painful, so STFU to all those people who post mean comments above me.

  • http://website peace

    if u dont like selena then y bother being here? y dont u guys that dont believe her go somewhere u like and im not trying 2 b mean cuz im 11

  • nesa

    ya what ever. she’s irritating. She just want’s attention.

  • sue

    can haters be more stupid? is really pathetic how you dare to say something about her when you doesnt even know her!!! sooo get a new hobby losers!!!

  • sue

    btw selena is not an attetion whore, shes just the most amazing person i´ve ever met and sooo down to earth, soo say whatever you want that doesnt change anything… stay mad!!! and good luck with your poor life!!! lol

  • sue

    selena is sooo sweet, amazing, talented and such incredible and gorgeous young lady!!!

  • Tex

    Dear Selena: if there’s one thing i learned for sure about Internet is that You absolutely don’t have to take too much seriously the comments people leave in it. It’s simple, it’s essential. Internet it’s a good thing, but it’s also the biggest moron-magnet in the entire world. Plus, as always, envy scores zero points.

    Best wishes.

  • none

    Wow Some of you guys would believe anything she says. Demi said she wasn’t a cutter now we find out different. This is nothing more than P.R. If you think for a minute that Selena, Justin, Jennifer or any of the others are bullied you are blinded and need to tak those rose colored glasses off. She is an 18 year old adult so how can she be bullied by other adult? Think and use your heads. Common logic is what is need here. Anyone who uses their brain can see that this article is full of errors and fails. She is hoping on the band wagon against bullying because her friends are jumping on it. It is called follolw the leader. It’s the oldest trick in the book people. No one here is bullying her by stating their oppinion. Everyone deals with bullies at some point in their life. Selena is just being what she is a celebrity. Today it’s standing against bullying six mouths down the road it will be something else she is standing against. So all you children defending her need to know that she is just saying crap to get you to support her next CD, movie, or the up coming 4th season of Wizards. Which is conveniently talked about in this article. So don’t go jumping on the support Selena band wagon with out reading the article or looking at the facts. It’s just P.R. for Selena Gomez.

  • http://@Mellz89 Mellz89

    @lulu:
    ooooooooooooooooooo…
    really so u know her better than her fan..
    so u are a fan ! just admit it JEALOUS BITCH!!!

  • http://@Mellz89 Mellz89

    @none:
    are u kidding me?shes being bullied by adult means that a lot of peeps are bullied her with WORD!!!!! Being MEAN! just like u JUST DID RIGHT KNOW!
    dont talk about Brain!!
    cuz u clearly only talks through ur computers keyboard!
    why u have to be soo MEAN to peeps u dun know…
    dont like her then go away talk about ur own idols..

  • lulu

    @Mellz89: wtf? I knew she didn’t know who Cheryl Cole was because I’m a fan ofCheryl, NOT Selena! Slena irritates me she’s so annoying and this is all for publicity. Doesn’t make me a fan/ And tbh I’m not jealous, I wouldn’t want to be a Disney star and I wouldn’t want to look like her either so no I’m not jealous. And I agree with None, we’re not bullying her just stating our opinions.

  • http://haveithollywood.blogspot.com/ erika

    She is cool XD

  • http://www.twitter.com/leanneOfficialx LABN

    Ugh, if all you haters don’t stop picking on selena righ now, I’m reporting you, then you’ll know what it’s like to be pick on.

    Everyone deserve equal treatment in this world. Leave Selena alone. she’s awesome.

    @ sue, kritical and smiley. Thank you for speaking my perspectives.

  • none

    @LABN: Report us for what? Speaking our mind. We have the right to freedom of speech. I said it before and I will say it again. Some of you guys would believe anything she says. Demi said she wasn’t a cutter now we find out different. This is nothing more than P.R. If you think for a minute that Selena, Justin, Jennifer or any of the others are bullied you are blinded and need to tak those rose colored glasses off. She is an 18 year old adult so how can she be bullied by other adult? Think and use your heads. Common logic is what is need here. Anyone who uses their brain can see that this article is full of errors and fails. She is hoping on the band wagon against bullying because her friends are jumping on it. It is called follolw the leader. It’s the oldest trick in the book people. No one here is bullying her by stating their oppinion. Everyone deals with bullies at some point in their life. Selena is just being what she is a celebrity. Today it’s standing against bullying six mouths down the road it will be something else she is standing against. So all you children defending her need to know that she is just saying crap to get you to support her next CD, movie, or the up coming 4th season of Wizards. Which is conveniently talked about in this article. So don’t go jumping on the support Selena band wagon with out reading the article or looking at the facts. It’s just P.R. for Selena Gomez.

  • Melblev1226

    @ none. Are you saying that only children can be bullies? Maybe you should think and use commons logic before you speak. There is more then one form of being bullied. Being called names all the time is being bullied. Look at all the people on here that have said mean things about her. A lot were personal. I don’t care if you are 10 or 60, that is still being a bully when you are always mean to someone. I don’t know Selena Gomez, and I am not going to pretend to, but I am willing to bet she was picked on and teased in middle school, just like Demi Lovato. They were both on the most annoying television show ever, Barny. The recoded the show when they were 4 but it didn’t air until they were about 8. Yes, I am an adult, but I think Selena is a great young actress, and she has a beautiful voice. I took my kids to her concert and even live she sounded great.

  • lulu

    @none: couldn’t agree more! x x x

  • lulu

    @Melblev1226: None isn’t a bully! Just stating their opinion geez what is up with people?!

  • BRee bree

    Why ru ppl reading the article if ur just gonna hate? Makes no sense to me…