Bliss opened up about the painful effects of being bullied:
“I was bullied so bad growing up that I actually moved schools my sophomore year. My parents actually had to take me out of my current school and move to a whole other city because I was just picked on, or bullied, or just picked apart with comments that were made because that’s just what people do.”
Bliss lamented the life-altering effects of bullying, which she claims contributed to her eating disorder.
She also added that bullying does not need to dictate the entirety of your life.
“People don’t even realize the effects of what bullying does. I know people do it to make themselves feel better. I’ve always been real passionate with anti-bullying and that’s why I did the storyline with Nia Jax on body shaming. I was very uncomfortable, at first, doing that; but, then Nia and I had a long talk because we’re both really big on body positivity and we were saying that if we want that message to truly come out, we have to make it real because it’s a real issue that’s going on. Bullying and shaming people for what they look like and how they act is just terrible. We had to make that real. I’m very thankful that we were given that platform even at WrestleMania to tell that true life story and show that the good guys will prevail and I think that was probably one of the biggest storylines that we got the most interactions with, whether it was on social media – obviously, I got the bad end of it because I was doing the bullying and everything like that; but, we had to make it real and it is a real issue and a real problem with children and adults. In every aspect of life, there’s always someone that’s going to be that person, so it was really refreshing to bring a real life situation into the storyline and give it real purpose and meaning and show that the bully doesn’t win.”
Bliss continued to decry bullying in today’s social media dependent culture,
“It still happens. I feel like it happens with children and adults with social media being so accessible to everyone with everyone’s opinions and it’s terrible. I just really hope that one day we can live in a world where people don’t treat people like that to make themselves feel better, that people empower each other.”
Bliss had some important advice to anyone enduring being bullied,
“You can’t let someone else determine your self worth. You can’t give somebody else that power.”
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