Rumer Willis may have won “Dancing With the Stars” Season 10, but that hasn’t made the actress immune to bullying.
The child of movie superstars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore has always been in the public eye, and admits to Glamour magazine that she went through a dark period before deciding to take a run at the Mirrorball Trophy.
“I was kind of stuck. Fear is a really debilitating emotion,” Willis says in the magazine’s July issue. “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 credits the dance competition show with giving her a new sense of confidence. This doesn’t mean the hateful comments from people have stopped entirely, it just means the actress doesn’t let it shatter her.
“Just because I was celebrated on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ doesn’t mean the bullying has stopped,” she says. “After the show started, I had to block almost 10 people every day on social media because they wouldn’t leave me alone.”
The actress credits her time on the show and working with professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy with coming to realize self acceptance.
“When it happens now, I remind myself that focusing on people’s negative opinions will only make me feel like crap,” Willis says. “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?”