Bella Thorne gets candid about being slut-shamed for her clothing and lifestyle choices (exclusive)

Bella Thorne is opening up about her struggles with being judged and shamed, and how she's managed to emotionally move past the hate and negativity.

The 20-year-old actress recently sat down with ET's Katie Krause at a press junket promoting her new film Midnight Sun, alongside co-star Patrick Schwarzenegger,  and she got candid about the misconceptions people have about her.

"I think the most hurtful [thing is] when people look at you and they're like, 'Oh, [you're] dressing a certain way. You have to be covered up or else you're a slut of some sort,' or whatever they want to call you. Whatever demeaning term they think fits you best," Thorne explained.

In January, Thorne added her voice to the growing Time's Up movement when she took to Instagram to reveal that she'd been the victim of sexual abuse as a child. 

According to the actress, her own experiences as a sexual abuse survivor mean some of the misconceptions about her are "taken a little bit more to heart."

"If someone says, like, 'Why do you dress that way? Is it because something that happened when you were younger?' And you're like, 'Oh, maybe it actually is. Hmm, that's a good point.' You know, it's like kind of those small moments where you're like 'Oof, I wish that didn't dig as deep as it did,'" Thorne shared.

18 PHOTOS
Bella Thorne on Instagram
See Gallery
Bella Thorne on Instagram
Happpppy Sunday ✨😋🍌
Today's vibes ✨💍
#justcall music video is out! Link in my bio ✨💍
Always been around 💦 always want ✌️
Watch where you step
#tca
PAINTING TIME🌈 it's hot as balls outside 💦
Trying to get back in shapeeeee leggo😩
Am I allowed to dress up year round? 🌹🤤
Bring me back rainbow hair 😇
Simple ✨
Happy bb🌈🌸
Casually looking at the foliage in my boxers. Doesn't everyone do this? No 😔 just me..?
Side eye ❤️🔥
Movies + sushi = girls nights ⭐️
Just working on my hygiene .... #happymonday
Wiggly feet @damon_baker
In case you were wondering my bracelet says " dubstep" ✨💙 135,000 streams on @spotify in one day !?! #justcall
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

The actress also opened up about her boyfriend, musician Mod Sun, and how he's helped her regain some of her self-confidence and guided her through a few dark periods in life.

Thorne explained that she was first attracted to Sun because of his positive energy.

"Meeting someone that's just so happy, you know that's kind of his whole thing, and for me [as] someone who's a little bit glass half empty, it really is nice for me to have someone on my back that's like, 'No, it's good, it's good, it's good,' even when it's bad," she reflected. "You're always your harshest critic."

While she admits that her mood can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis, Thorne said that her happy relationship has "changed so much of my mindset."

"When I see me going toward the negative I'm like ,'Bella, go toward the positive," she added.

33 PHOTOS
Bella Thorne out and about
See Gallery
Bella Thorne out and about
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Actress Bella Thorne (L) and Model Kyra Santoro (R) attend NYLON's annual Young Hollywood May issue event with cover Star Rowan Blanchard at Avenue on May 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Actor Bella Thorne at the NYLON Young Hollywood Party at AVENUE Los Angeles on May 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for NYLON)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Bella Thorne attends Freeform 2017 Upfront at Hudson Mercantile on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
FREEFORM - The cast of Freeforms Famous In Love and EP Marlene King screen the first episode to press and social media influencers followed by a Q&A today, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Freeform via Getty Images) BELLA THORNE
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Actress Bella Thorne is seen in Midtown on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Bella Thorne sits is seen during the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies on February 28, 2017 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Bella Thorne (L) attends a Private Grammy Celebration Concert With Rae Sremmurd at Exchange LA on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
Bella Thorne from ABC's 'Famous In Love' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portrait)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 18: Bella Thorne backstage during the Y100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016 at BB&T Center on December 18, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Singer Bella Thorne arrives at The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 18: Bella Thorne and Charlie Puth attends Y100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016 at BB&T Center on December 18, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Bella Thorne arrives at The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actresses Dani Thorne (L) and Bella Thorne attend the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Bella Thorne arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Rachel Platten (L) and actress Bella Thorne speak onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FAMOUS IN LOVE - 'Crazy Scripted Love' - Paige stumbles across some devastating news about Jake that Alexis has been keeping from him in Crazy Scripted Love, an all-new episode of Famous in Love, airing TUESDAY, JUNE 6 (9:00 - 10:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Eric McCandless/Freeform via Getty Images) CARTER JENKINS, BELLA THORNE
FAMOUS IN LOVE - 'Secrets and Pies' - The set is in disarray when Rainer continues to skip rehearsals, Tangey is replaced by another actress and Barrett goes snooping for a story in Secrets & Pies, an all new episode of Famous in Love, airing TUESDAY, MAY 30 (9:00 10:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Michael Ansell/Freeform via Getty Images) GEORGIE FLORES, BELLA THORNE, STEPHEN BOSS
FAMOUS IN LOVE - 'Prelude to Diss' - Paiges first day on set is one calamity after another, on an all-new episode of Famous In Love, airing TUESDAY, MAY 9 (9:02 - 10:01 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. The entire first season of Famous In Love is available on multiple digital platforms, including the Freeform app, Freeform.com, On Demand and Hulu. (Tony Rivetti/Freeform via Getty Images) BELLA THORNE
FAMOUS IN LOVE - 'Taking Care of Business' - Paige becomes overwhelmed by her school work load and the grueling Locked schedule, in an all-new episode of Famous in Love, airing TUESDAY, MAY 2 (9:02 10:02 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Tony Rivetti/Freeform via Getty Images) ETHAN DOLAN, BELLA THORNE, GRAYSON DOLAN
ROME, ITALY - JULY 09: Bella Thorne is seen at the Fendi store on July 9, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Agostino Fabio/GC Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 07: Bella Thorne attends the Fendi Roma 90 Years Anniversary Welcome Cocktail at Palazzo Carpegna on July 7, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for FENDI)
FAMOUS IN LOVE - 'Taking Care of Business' - Paige becomes overwhelmed by her school work load and the grueling Locked schedule, in an all-new episode of Famous in Love, airing TUESDAY, MAY 2 (9:02 10:02 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Freeform/Eric McCandless) BELLA THORNE
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Actress Bella Thorne attends the Babes for Boobs Bachelor Auction benefitting the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen on June 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Babes For Boobs)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Actress Bella Thorne attends the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection during MADE LA at L.A. Live Event Deck on June 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Bella Thorne is seen visiting 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 07, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 07: Bella Thorne takes a selfie with fans at 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 7, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Bella Thorne is seen on April 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
THERMAL, CA - APRIL 16: Actress Bella Thorne arrives at REVOLVE Desert House on April 16, 2016 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Bella Thorne and Dani Thorne is seen at LAX on April 08, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 07: Bella Thorne is on the set of Univisions 'despierta America' in support of the film 'Ratchet & Clank' at Univision Headquarters on April 7, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 07: Bella Thorne is on the set of Univisions 'despierta America' in support of the film 'Ratchet & Clank' at Univision Headquarters on April 7, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: Bella Thorne and Gregg Sulkin attend the boohoo.com Flagship LA Pop Up Store with opening party fueled by CIROC Ultra-Premium Vodka on April 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Paul Wilmot )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 25: Actress Bella Thorne attends the Ratchet and Clank panel on day 1 of WonderCon 2016 at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Justin Baker/FilmMagic)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Last Thursday, Thorne stepped out on the red carpet at the premiere of Midnight Sun, and she opened up to ET about her plans to launch her own beauty line.

"It's all organic, which is cool. We have a lot of acne-infused products," she said while at the premiere. "Of course, it is makeup, but one of the main things for me is to actually take care of your skin."

She also opened up about how her role in the romantic drama -- in which she plays a girl who cannot go out in the sun due to extreme life-threatening photosensitivity -- has affected her own outlook on life. 

"I like to complain about silly things and then I'll look at myself and I'll be like, 'Bella, come on! Who are you kidding? You're so lucky, my goodness,'" she said. Check out the video below to hear more.

Midnight Sun hits theaters March 23.

 

Read Full Story