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Bella Thorne: I was on food stamps as a child

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Bella Thorne: I was on food stamps as a child

Actress Bella Thorne and her family had to use food stamps when she was a child after her father died in a motorcycling accident.

The 18-year-old may be riding high on the success of movies including The Duff and TV series My Own Worst Enemy, but as a child, times were tough. Bella lost her father Rey when she was nine years old and his passing left her family in financial dire straits and relying on the food purchasing assistance program.

"I don't think anybody really knew - it wasn't a very obvious thing," she told Seventeen magazine. "I've never really talked about it. I wasn't hiding it, and it wasn't like, 'Oh, I'm embarrassed because we don't have money.' It was, 'Oh, we don't have money, so we're going to work that much harder.' It was scary, though, because you really want those jobs. It's a different hunger when you want your family to eat."

Bella's dad died in a road accident and the circumstances of his death has affected Bella and her three siblings in a number of different ways, including her reluctance to get her own driving license.

"No, not yet, I don't have my permit either," she added. "My father died in a motorcycle accident. I'm not mature enough to accept the responsibility of perhaps taking someone else's life."

The star has had a lot of heartache in her life and while she is happy with boyfriend Gregg Sulkin, a previous relationship wasn't a particularly good one for Bella.

"​An ex of mine and I knew each other's phone passwords, and he was constantly going through my phone," she added​. "I learned not to do that because anything can be misread. Gregg has my password, but he doesn't go through my phone. The ex and I also had a 'Don't talk to the opposite sex' rule, so if a guy I was working with wrote me, it would be a big problem."

- Cover Media