Rumer Willis Opens Up: "I Was Constantly Bullied Because of My Looks"
"I never really shared what I was going through with my parents because it was too painful," said Willis in a new essay for 'Glamour.'
Rumer Willis only recently has become comfortable in her own skin.
In a new essay for Glamour, the 26-year-old daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis — and recent Dancing With the Stars champion — wrote, "I was constantly bullied because of my looks, so I struggled a lot with my body image. I wanted to have no butt; I wanted to have no boobs. For a long time, I just wanted to look tiny and androgynous."
"I never really shared what I was going through with my parents because it was too painful," said Willis. "I didn’t know how to ask for help or how to even bring it up."
Willis also recalled advice her mother once gave her.
"I do remember my mom telling me, 'There's always going to be someone who's a better singer. There's always going to be someone more fit. There's always someone who's going to be, in your mind, better than you — who you're comparing yourself to. But you can't do that because you will live such an unhappy life.' It just took me a long time to put that advice into practice."
"The real pressure comes from the Internet and social media — the mentality that it's OK to attack people from behind a computer screen," she said of online bullying. "Strangers say the nastiest things. Until recently, the thought of making one misstep that could be criticized would stop me from trying new things and from standing up for myself."
Willis said Dancing With the Stars helped her both get over her fear of failure and regain the self-confidence she'd been missing.