Former TLC reality star Kate Gosselin might have invited viewers into her home on "Jon and Kate Plus 8," but she didn't expect the bullying that comes with it. The former "Dancing With the Stars" competitor wrote a post on the anti-bullying site BullyVille where she described the taunts she received as a child - and still receives today.
"But the bullying didn't stop there for me and with a quick sweep of the Internet, it's clear that this epidemic is alive and well like a disease with no cure!" she wrote. "It's a horrible disease that haunts me and many many many others in our world!"
Celebrities: They're just as insecure as we are!
All kidding aside, bullying is not fun, no matter if you're 15 or 55. More than one celeb has spoken out about the bullying they've faced - and some are even doing something about it.
LeAnn Rimes has been the focus of hundreds of tabloid reports since she hooked up with current husband Eddie Cibrian back in 2010 - and people haven't been afraid of taking a side on Twitter. However, Rimes finally had enough with the cyberbullying in Aug. 2012 - and she decided to sue someone over it.
The 30-year-old filed a lawsuit against California teacher Kimberly Smiley on Aug. 30, 2012, alleging that the mom illegally recorded a telephone conversation and posted it on the web without her permission. Smiley denies that happened.
"This lawsuit alone is both emotionally and financially draining and now I'm faced with the threat of losing the career that I've dedicated my life to," Smiley said in a statement at the time. "LeAnn orchestrated this so it would get the most amount of coverage in the press."
No word on the current status of the lawsuit.
"Real Housewives of Miami" star Lisa Hochstein took a page out of Rimes' playbook last week when she threatened to sue an Internet commenter, according to RealityTea.
The reality star is reportedly mulling over a lawsuit against a woman named Jessica Lederman for allegedly spreading rumors that Hochstein was a "was an escort who also did soft porn in Vegas."
The amount of damages she's reportedly seeking from the faceless commenter? According to reports, $15,000.
Melanie Griffith has a gorgeous husband and a decades-long acting career, but comments from random people on the Internet still get to her, she said.
"Most people are telling me I look horrible," the veteran actress told US Weekly in Oct. 2012. "The tweets I get are really nasty."
Antonio Banderas' main squeeze went on to tell the magazine that she deals with the criticism by exercise.
"I don't know if I look that great," she said. "But I work out a lot. I have a trainer that I work with four times a week, and I do hot yoga."
Tell us: Do you feel bad for celebrity cyberbullying victims - or is it another play for attention?
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