Justin Bieber decided to lend his song "Born to Be Somebody" to the documentary "Bully," and he's got a good reason to feel passionate about the film - he was bullied himself.Celebs like Johnny Depp, Ellen DeGeneres, and Demi Lovato fought to drop the R rating "Bully" was given to PG-13 so that teens can see it in theaters today, and some celebs have also decided to raise awareness of just how big of a problem bullying is by talking about their own experiences.
Here's what Justin Bieber said about being bullied: "I was bullied. Most people in their lifetime have been bullied at some point. I think that it's about time that people start making a change." So Justin got pushed around a little and look at where he's at now - he's arguably the biggest male pop star in the world.
Kids like Justin who grow up poor probably get bullied a lot because they can't afford the same name-brand clothing as their peers, but even those born into rich households can have a hard time fitting in.
Take Kelly Osbourne, for example. Her dad was rock royalty, but being the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne didn't mean that her classmates sucked up to her. Here's what she said about how she was bullied: "I grew up on the road with my father...but I came from a very small village, where everyone called me 'Kelly Smelly with the Big Belly Whose Dad's on the Telly." Now that Kelly has slimmed down and become a member of the "Fashion Police," she seems to have caught a bit of the bullying bug herself - she still stands by calling Christina Aguilera fat. However, Kelly claims that she just wanted the singer to see how being called fat feels, since she used to poke fun at her weight at all the time.
For some odd reason bullies seem to love rhyming - just like Kelly's teen tormentors, Katy Perry's persecutors came up with a poetic nickname for her: "over-the-shoulder boulder holder." Jokes about her bra size might have made Katy insecure back then, but now her bullies probably envy her killer curves.
Katy's lookalike Zooey Deschanel was also bullied when she was younger. Adorkable Zooey became a target because she was chubby, and one too-cool classmate even spat in her face just because she tried to talk to her. Maybe the mean girl was just jealous of Zooey's dazzling doe eyes.
But bullying doesn't just happen to young people - singer Elton John recently revealed that he was bullied much later in life. Elton was evidently a rather shy guy, so three very important people that he refuses to name decided to take advantage of him and torment him. He decided to open up to E! News about the ordeal to make people aware that adults can also be bullies and to give those being bullied this advice: "Speak out, speak out. Snitch on them. Try to defend yourself, not like me, who hid it and thought it was OK to just go on like it."
So while these celebs are proof that life can get much better after bullying, it doesn't always end after high school. However, by raising awareness and encouraging kids to be better, kinder people when they're young, perhaps it will become less and less of a problem.