Cape Town – Bella Thorne has opened up about coming forward as a sexual abuse survivor in a new interview.
Following the outburst of the #MeToo and Time’s up movements earlier this year Bella shared her story of being molested until the age of 14, on social media – something she largely struggled to do.
Chatting to Under The Influence Bella clarified that she has never been put in an uncomfortable situation while working on-set saying things never went beyond “flirtatious” and revealed that she had been thinking about telling her story for a long time but instantly second guessed her decision after she did.
“I've been thinking about saying it for a really long time. I was just very sad.
“I was so angry I just tweeted it out. Then I was like, ‘Oh fuck! Do I delete it?’ And then I was like, ‘No, Bella. You just let it stay on there,’ and then I didn’t say anything about it for a while.”
Bella adds that after speaking about it for a second time on social media she contacted her manager about removing her tweets.
“He was like, ‘Is it bad? Bella, there's nothing bad about this. This is good. You are not any less of a person because this has happened to you.’”
The 20-year-old broke down in tears saying that it was one of the first time someone had ever said that to her since the incident.
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: