Actress Bella Thorne said Thursday that she never learned how to read or count and that she gleaned both of those skills while reading scripts and counting money.
Thorne made these remarks during the podcast Chicks in the Office where she was discussing her book “The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray,” which she wrote on a typewriter.
“I dont talk about it in this one, but in the third book it would be the fact that I never learned how to read and I learned how to read from reading scripts,” she said. “I never learned how to count and I learned how to count from counting my dads cash. So, Im obsessed with money and literal cash.”
Thorne didnt expand upon her education in the interview (INSIDER reached out to her listed representative but did not immediately receive a response) but has been open in the past about her experience with dyslexia, a learning disorder that can make it difficult to read. Her character on the Disney Channel show “Shake it Up” was also dyslexic so Thorne spoke about the disorder often while appearing on the network.
“I remember when I started first grade. Right away, it was awful because I couldnt read as well as the other kids,” she said during a Disney Channel segment. “My brain mixed up letters like B and D and M and W. Dyslexia is different for everyone who has it. For me, it just makes it harder to read or write.”
Thorne has been open about her dyslexia in the past. Jim Spellman/Getty s
Thorne also shared that shes proud of herself for teaching herself skills like reading and writing, as well as singing, during the Chicks in the Office interview.
“I was tone deaf and I now own a record label and Im signed to Sony as an artist,” she said. “I had $200 to my name by 18 and bought a house by 19.
“Im writing a series and got an Oscar winner to play my mom. Im out here doing s— that people say is impossible,” she said.
This isnt the first time Thorne made headlines recently. Earlier this week, she released nude photos of herself to take back the power after a hacker threatened to leak them themselves. The decision was met with mixed reactions, with stars like Zendaya stepping up in her defense and others, like Whoopi Goldberg questioning her decision.
She was a victim of bullying
She has been an advocate of anti-bullying and this is because she has experienced it herself. She said, “I was bullied a lot when I was younger. So it’s really close to my heart. I’ve been to lots of schools and I’ve talked to kids about bullying and it’s so sad every time I go there. There are always so many kids that talk about how they’ve been bullied so much in their school, and that breaks my heart.”
She was diagnosed with dyslexia which made her struggle in class. She said, “I remember when I started first grade. Right away, it was awful because I couldn’t read as well as the other kids. My brain mixed up letters like ‘B’ and ‘D’ and ‘M’ and ‘W.’ Dyslexia is different for everyone who has it. For me, it just makes it harder to read or write.”
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