For LeAnn Rimes, the issue of bullying is one that is close to her heart.
Rimes performed at the Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert Monday night in Los Angeles and revealed to ET that her inspiration to get involved can be traced back to her childhood.
“I was bullied when I was a kid — when I was in junior high. A lot of girls can get real mean during the sixth grade year,” she said.
“I used to perform around Dallas and Texas where I lived, a lot. My principal would put something on the bulletin board if I was in the newspaper or something, and there was this clique of girls that did not like it. So, I had my locker egged, I had a girl bring a knife to school the last day of sixth grade and tried to kill me! Awesome. So, I’d say I was bullied a little.”
The event, put on by the Friend Movement (which helps to show positive anti-bullying images through art and media) was meant to inspire people prevent bullying by being better friends to each other.
Of course, Rimes has experienced bullying in her adult life as well, mostly due to her controversial marriage to Eddie Cibrian. She has often been a target for bullying by the media and on social networks.
“I’ve been such a target I guess for misjudgment lately, and a lot of anger from some people, especially through social media,” she admitted.
“Obviously we’re [celebrities] underneath a microscope and in the spotlight all the time, but it’s no reason to be able to pick apart someone the way that a lot of people do. We’re human … this is my job, and then I have my life. But I’m a human being in both of them — and I think people forget that a lot of times.”
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