She says 'Be proud of who you are'
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Katy Perry is using social media to reach out to fans struggling with bullying. On Wednesday, the pop star posted a lengthy message on her Instagram account addressing fans who've recently been sending her messages and tweets about how bullying has led to them self-harming.
She says that it "brings tears" to her eyes to read those comments, and offered some words of advice. Perry urges the young people to "be strong" and show bullies that their words don't mean anything. She writes that growing up and becoming successful is the ultimate payback, and reminds them that karma will eventually take its course. She asks fans to "please, just stop" self-mutilating, telling them that their skin is "beautiful" and the thought of them ruining it is "heartbreaking."
The message was accompanied by a photo of Katy at a "Trevor Project" event, holding up a sign that reads "Be proud of who you are." The full caption reads:
"That's right folks. Be proud of who you are. Recently, I've been getting a lot of comments and tweets from fans who are struggling with self harm or being a victim of bullying. Which brings tears to my eyes. I want you to be strong. There's only one you in this world, embrace it. And trust me, when you grow up and become successful those bullies will WISH they were friends with you and were nice to you. Karma will do payback to them, just watch. When they bully again, just laugh at their faces or simply say I don't care. If they see it bothers you, they'll continue. If they see that you don't care and that it doesn't bother you, they'll stop! Simple! Stand up for yourself. Make those bullies look stupid. If it gets bad, you can simply tell the authority at school. Another problem is a lot of kids these days who do self harm. It's horrible to me. Don't ruin your skin, I think your skin is beautiful. Putting scars on your wrists or anywhere else is just heartbreaking for me. Cutting yourself doesn't fix anything. Please, just stop. For me, for your family, for your friends, for you. I understand its hard, I've never been through it but I have talked to fans like you. Just be clean for today, and see if you can go up to a week maybe? You can slowly progress to stop. I love you!"
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