LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Bella Thorne says she once received death threats from fans who thought she had cheated on an ex-boyfriend.
The 19-year-old actress discussed the negative side of social media in an interview with People following her recent drama with Charlie Puth and ex-boyfriend Tyler Posey.
“It’s hard,” Thorne admitted of the public scrutiny. “I was in a happier place [a while ago] than I had been recently. And now I’m back to a happier place.”
“I went through a breakup and that was kind of tough,” she explained without naming Posey. “You know, fans, if you’re just seen with somebody, they think you’re immediately, you gotta be in a relationship with them. Which is not true.”
“I hang out all the time with different people that I’m not dating, that I’m just friends with. I hang out with a lot of guys because I’m a total tomboy,” the star added.
Thorne and Puth sparked dating rumors in December after they were spotted getting close in Miami. Puth later publicly called it quits with the actress on Twitter and suggested she had cheated on Posey.
“People take social media as such a big thing. And they all think they know what they’re talking about. And they think they know your life and they get their friends to trash you. And they get all these people to hate on you and call you whatever names in the book,” Thorne shared.
“[I] was getting death threats for a hot minute because they thought I had cheated on my ex, which is a total lie,” she insisted.
“It doesn’t feel good to think that everybody in the world just thinks you’re an absolutely disgusting person and just because I’m somebody where people know my name, it’s so much worse for me,” the star said.
Thorne had denied cheating on Posey in a tweet Dec. 22, writing, “Ty and I have been broken up for like over two weeks and charlie and I ARENT DATING we are friends.” The actress is known for the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up and will star on the new Freeform series Famous in Love.