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Rumer Willis: DWTS didn’t stop bullying

Published 11/06/2015

Rumer Willis
Rumer Willis

Rumer Willis still has to battle Internet trolls after winning the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.

The 26-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore is often criticised by trolls on the Internet for her looks.

And even though Rumer recently won the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars, she still can’t seem to shake online bullies.

"Just because I was celebrated on Dancing With the Stars doesn't mean the bullying has stopped," she revealed in the July issue of America’s Glamour magazine. "After the show started, I had to block almost 10 people every day on social media because they wouldn't leave me alone."

But Rumer won’t allow negative people to get her down.

The star is committed to maintaining an elevated view when others insult her.

"When it happens now, I remind myself that focusing on people's negative opinions will only make me feel like crap," she noted. "If I start to get discouraged, I take a step back and go, 'All right, I don't feel great today, but what can I do to shift how I'm thinking?' It's difficult, but the moment you stop saying, 'I'm really fat,' or 'I'm ugly,' and just say, 'Wow, I have this,' then you'll see a change."

However, Rumer confesses being the daughter of two extremely famous Hollywood celebrities created a number of challenges with self-esteem.

The public spotlight made her feel as if she needed to be perfect.

"When you grow up in the public eye the way that I did, everyone's looking at you and waiting for you to do something crazy or say something wrong or have a meltdown,” Rumer said. “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."

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