Gomez Takes Aim At Adult Bullies

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November 3, 2010 | 3:20pm EST

Disney star Selena Gomez has opened up about her ongoing bullying hell, insisting her worst tormentors aren’t fellow teens; they’re cruel adults.
The Wizards of Waverly Place star admits she was picked on by school classmates when she first began acting – and the teasing forced her into homeschooling, which she admits briefly helped.

But now the 18-year-old star insists ongoing jibes from cruel parents and critical bloggers are taking their toll – and she has been forced to stop reading about herself online to avoid vicious comments.

She tells the New York Post, “I get criticized by adults who say awful things about me on the internet, things that affect me that I try not to read.”

Bullying has become a hot-button issue after a spate of teen suicides this summer were linked to the tormenting trend.

Once vicious blogger Perez Hilton has pledged to dial down his attacks on celebrities like Gomez and is urging his peers to be kinder in what they write.