Skai Jackson is pretty much everywhere for all the best reasons. She recently stood up to rapper Azealia Banks and defended singer Zayn Malik in the process after Azealia wrote some really terrible messages directed at Zayn, and then at Skai. In a new interview, the BUNK'D star opened up about how dealing with bullying, both online and in person, is something she's unfortunately had experience with, but she doesn't let it drag her down.
"I definitely deal with [online bullying] all the time, but I just think of it like this: No one’s gonna like [everything] you do at the end of the day. There’s always gonna be someone who doesn’t like what you do who’s gonna always hate on you. But for me, I’m living for what I do, I’m living for myself," Skai said. "So I just don’t take any offense to it and I’ve dealt with it since I was 9 years old and even younger. And know that it doesn’t really matter what people say. I’m just rooting for myself."
That is such a wise message to send! And in case you're wondering where Skai gets this positive attitude from, she said it all comes from her mom.
"My mom has definitely influenced my confidence, because when I was younger in public school, I would always get bullied for little things. And my mom would always tell me, 'if someone bullies you, don’t just sit there and let them bully you. Do something about it or tell someone about it,'" Skai explained. "So I have always taken that on, what my mother said. And I kinda used that with the whole Azealia thing that just happened. I mean, she is a bully, she is an internet troll. So for me, reading all these racial slurs that she was saying to different celebrities in the past couple months — and I’m like the 30th person now — I felt that I just had to voice my opinion because I have dealt with bullies over the internet and in person. I just feel like what she’s doing is not OK."
Skai couldn't help but step in and share her opinion during that Twitter battle because it's something that she feels passionate about. Using her voice and her platform to raise awareness about things that matter most is truly important and commendable. Skai went on to share her advice for coping with bullies.
"Try not to worry about it as much because, like I said, no one’s gonna like everything you do," Skai explained. "Just stay confident and know that what they are saying is not true. That’s their opinion, they can talk all about you, but at the end of the day, you’re a beautiful person and you don’t need to meet anyone else’s standards. Just live for you."
Now that is something everyone should take to heart!
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