Rumer Willis breaks down as she recalls 'potato head' taunts

Published Tuesday, Apr 7 2015, 15:42 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Rumer Willis has said she considered facial surgery and weight loss to change herself after being bullied for her looks since childhood.

The daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore opened up about image struggles on last night's Dancing With The Stars, the US version of Strictly Come Dancing in which she currently is a contestant.

Rumer Willis outside the 'Dancing With The Stars' rehearsal studios, 3 April 2015

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Rumer outside the DWTS studios.

Rumer became tearful as she spoke about being broken down by nasty comments online and comparisons to her "very masculine father rather than your beautiful mum."

She said: "When I was a teenager, I was super awkward. I don't think I felt comfortable with my body or how I looked. People were nasty. They would say I looked like a man or buttaface – which is everything good but the face. Potato head was the big term everyone used a lot. Pretty much making fun of the way I looked."

Rumer said she considered surgery or becoming very skinny to combat the taunting before realising she was beautiful just the way she is.

She cited younger sister Tallulah as inspiration, saying: "She was in rehab and I was really inspired. She didn't try to hide it. She owned it and got in this mindset of saying, 'Here are my flaws and it's okay. I'm stillme and I'm still beautiful and it doesn't matter.'

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

Rumer used her experience overcoming bullies to bring depth and emotion to her waltz on last night's show - and it worked! She earned 35 out of 40 points from the judging panel which includes Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

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