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Rumer Willis talks bullying over appearance

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Rumer Willis talks bullying over appearance

Rumer Willis wanted cosmetic surgery because she was bullied so badly.

The 26-year-old actress - who is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore - admits she found it "tough" growing up in the spotlight and says unkind comments about her appearance took a toll on her self-esteem, especially during her "super-awkward" teenage years.

She said: "When you grow up with parents that are known worldwide and having so much attention from media and all of the tabloid magazines, it's really tough.

"When I was a teenager I was super awkward, I don't think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked and people were nasty.

"People would say I looked like a man or something called a 'buttaface', which means everything good but her face, or potato head was the big term that everyone used a lot, basically making fun of the way I looked.

"My mom, who is one of the most stunning women I've ever met and who everyone was comparing me to, saying that you look more like your very masculine father than your beautiful mom.

"For years I thought 'Maybe I can get plastic surgery. If I change my face or get really skinny, that will be it, that will be the answer' and it's not."

Rumer learned to love herself after seeing how her sister Tallulah, 21, dealt with a stint in rehab for a number of issues including an eating disorder last year.

Explaining why 2014 has been her most memorable year on 'Dancing with the Stars', she said: "I went through a lot of huge changes for myself that really affected me in a positive way.

"My sister Tallulah was in rehab and I was inspired because she didn't try to hide from it. She really owned it. She got in this mindset of saying, 'Here are my flaws and it's OK. I'm still me and I'm still beautiful and it doesn't matter.'

"I just realised that I could feel the same way and I need to stop listening to the bullies."