It’s definitely been a rough week for Bella Thorne. ICYMI, the Shake It Up star came under fire after she posted nude photos of herself in an attempt to take her power back from a hacker who was threatening to leak them. Now, Bella is opening up about some other personal struggles that she’s had to overcome, and we couldn’t be more proud of her.
While speaking about her new book during Barstool Sports’ “Chicks in the Office” podcast recently, the 21-year-old revealed that she was never taught how to read or how to count. Instead, she had to teach herself.
“I don’t talk about it in this one, but in the third book it would be the fact that I never learned how to read and I learned how to read from reading scripts,” she admitted. “I never learned how to count and I learned how to count from counting my dad’s cash. I’m obsessed with money and literal cash.”
The “Walk Me Home” singer unfortunately suffers from a disorder called dyslexia, which she previously opened up about in Disney Channel’s “The Time I…” segment.
“My name is Bella Thorne, and this is the story of the time I found out I had dyslexia. I remember when I started first grade. Right away, it was awful because I couldn’t read as well as the other kids. My brain mixed up letters like ‘B’ and ‘D’ and ‘M’ and ‘W,'” she said. “Dyslexia is different for everyone who has it. For me, it just made it harder to read or write. I started working really hard on how to read better. My family helped me by making me read everything from menus, to cereal boxes, to road signs. Today, I read a year above my grade level. And I learned to face my problems, not run away from them. Dyslexia makes things hard for me, but not impossible.”
The actress also took a moment to reflect on some of her other accomplishments and to appreciate how far she’s come.
“I didn’t know how to dance. I had two left feet and I couldn’t even bounce on the same rhythm, and I did a dance show about dancing. I was tone death and I own a record label, and I’m signed with Sony as an artist. And I can f–king sing a capella like a b—h ass now. So, f–k with me,” she continued. “I had $200 to my name, basically, when I turned 18 and I bought a house by the time I was 19.”
You go, girl!
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