Bella Thorne, 19, tackles the complications of stardom in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
The former “Shake It Up” actress posed nude for the publication’s website and recreated Marilyn Monroe’s iconic 1961 shoot. Discussing society’s obsession with celebrities, Thorne says “It’s hard every time I step out of the house. I have to worry about someone photographing my acne and how’s it going to look if someone’s going to write about me having bad skin because ‘she was partying’ or ‘out too late the night before.’”
Still in her teens, Thorne has learned valuable lessons from her fame. “The world needs more honesty,” she exclaims. “I’ve lied my whole life about who I am and who I’m trying to be, so now, I like to keep it real. I have problems like every person, so if I can help somebody else then that’s f**king dope… I want to use social media to spread goodness. Teens are all going through different s**t and nobody talks to each other about it. So if somebody could just be that first person to lend their hand, then other people will follow.”
“People go through some f**ked up s**t,” the young actress continues. “But it doesn’t mean that you have to turn completely to the dark side and be unhappy and depressed. I have had really dark thoughts. When I was younger I thought about killing myself; it’s very normal in a way that, if you’re upset with who you are and how your life is going, you could think these things. I want people to know that it’s okay to talk about it. And the more I do it, the more my fans will do it with each other, and with other people in their life.”
No stranger to hardship, Thorne expresses her resentment towards being pulled out of school in the third grade because of her dyslexia. “Nobody ever taught me. I just felt so f**king stupid,” the actress vents. “It was really hard for a long time because I was always told I was the stupid girl… I want to learn stuff that I should know. Do you know how long it took me to really realize how to add tip on a bill? A crazy amount of time to get 20 f**king percent. That always made me feel like I was at a disadvantage and it still kinda does a little bit.”
The new “Famous in Love” star also addresses her own love life, proudly stating “I’m single as f**k. I could not be more single. This is the longest I’ve been super single… There are so many unwritten rules about dating which I don’t like. I’d rather be super faithful and give my all to one person. I don’t like having my phone blown up by a bunch of different guys where I don’t really know where I stand with any of them. It sucks.”
Single and ready to mingle, Thorne wants to experiment with her sexuality but finds the uncertainty challenging. “I’ve done other stuff with girls, but I want to actually date a girl,” she confesses. “I can’t tell if a girl is hitting on me or she just wants to be friends. And I don’t want to flirt with a girl if she thinks I’m just being her friend. What if I kiss a girl and she’s like, ‘Oh, I’m just your friend dude, I can’t believe you just crossed that boundary.’ I’m confused on what they want from me.”
Watch Thorne answer some lighter questions in “100 Seconds with Bella Thorne”.
Bella Thorne reveals her love for pickle juice, piercings, and some of her weirdest quirks—all in 100 seconds.Plus, see her channel Marilyn Monroe in an exclusive shoot for Bazaar.com here: http://bit.ly/2osOdxy
Posted by Harper's Bazaar on Wednesday, April 12, 2017