Bella Thorne received her start on the Disney Channel, but she wasn’t exactly interested in a teen comedy. The singer admitted she was never eager to become a Disney star at all.

The 23-year-old actress, who, alongside Zendaya, led the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up for three seasons from 2010 to 2013, told Fox News that she did not feel comfortable playing the part of a dancer, CeCe Jones. In fact, she wishes she would have been true to herself since she would talk in a bigger voice or do different stuff to make her look more naive. It made her sound like a liar, and she had to pretend to be someone she wasn’t, even if it made her successful.

As a matter of fact, Thorne just accepted the role out of need and did it for her family because they were on the verge of poverty, and she was told it was what she needed to do. She doesn’t like being remembered as a former Disney child star because she’s always been told that she had to fit into a mold and that she wasn’t that person. She felt like she was in a box.

The Florida native admitted,

It’s been hard for me to still be recognized in that light. People didn’t want to read me or see me because they only saw me as a Disney Channel star. When everyone expects you to be perfect, falling short of those impossible standards gives people the wrong impression. I basically had to start from the bottom and work my way up again after Disney.

Thorne, though, kept her priorities clear. When asked how she managed to escape “the Disney child star curse,” a crazy lifestyle that could ruin the futures of young celebs, she replied it was certainly harder than she expected. When she was in Disney, she was 12, so her fans were younger. Now that she’s 23 years old, kids aren’t her audience, so she doesn’t tailor her content to that generation. She quit caring about what the world was saying about her and began to reflect on her real fans who loved her. After Disney, she had the ability to discover her true self, which is mirrored in all her work as an actor, producer, director, and writer. In fact, she now owns the more artistic freedom to carry on expressing herself.

Thorne, a cannabis pioneer and a New York Times bestselling author also offered her best tips on managing social media bullies. As per People, the February music video for her song “Shake It” starring Thorne and adult film star Abella Danger was briefly deleted from YouTube for “explicit content.” And last year, Thorne’s $2M payout on the Only Fans premium site contributed to reports that Thorne had pressured the company to delay user payouts with her frantic windfall.

Throne told Fox,

It’s definitely hard to deal with trolls on social media. At the end of the day, I am still a person and I have feelings and emotions. I have no problem with coming back at trolls when they are spreading false information and bashing someone’s appearance.

The fashion queen added that social media platforms today have become really fake and edited with apps like Facetune that tend to give girls false perceptions about the ideal standards of beauty.

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