Bella Thorne offers up a blind item about a Mean Girl: ‘She’s very, very mean’


Decked out in a really cute Alice + Olivia dress, actress and singer Bella Thorne is the cover girl for the December/January issue of Seventeen, hitting stands on Tuesday, November 24. In an interview with the magazine, the 18-year-old Shake It Up star talks about the lessons in love she’s learned that have strengthened her bond with her current squeeze, 23-year-old actor Gregg Sulkin. Basically, the key to a good relationship is staying the hell away from your partner’s phone (good advice, if you ask me.) Bella says: “​An ex of mine and I knew each other’s phone passwords, and he was constantly going through my phone. I learned not to do that because anything can be misread. Gregg has my password, but he doesn’t go through my phone.”

She’s doing great on the love front and has proven she can endure the tough times, discussing the rough times in her youth where she, her 3 siblings and her mother were forced to live off of food stamps after the death of her father.

I don’t think anybody really knew — it wasn’t a very obvious thing. I’ve never really talked about it. I wasn’t hiding it, and it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I’m embarrassed because we don’t have money.’ It was, ‘Oh, we don’t have money, so we’re going to work that much harder.’ It was scary, though, because you really want those jobs. It’s a different hunger when you want your family to eat.

[From Seventeen]

Bella, who played a very convincing mean girl in The Duff, may have drawn from personal experience to get into the role. She tells Seventeen that, despite having many young famous friends in her posse, even she can’t avoid having to deal with a real-life mean girl.

She’s in the business, and she’s very, very mean. I stay away from her at all costs. I never say hello to her. Her siblings are not mean like she is. It’s just her. One of the reasons I don’t like her is because she’s been a billionaire since she was very little, and she’s never had to work for anything in her life.

[From Seventeen]

Even though Bella’s lips are sealed, speculation still runs high regarding the identity of this mystery mean girl. When you think of wealthy young celebrities, one might immediately think of Kylie and/or Kendall Jenner, but many a photo has made the rounds of Bella and Kylie out and about, including this one, posted on Bella’s Instagram from New York Fashion Week. The same goes for her fellow Disney Channel alum Miley Cyrus and even, jumping networks, former Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande is a good friend (and isn’t the product of billionaire parents). It seems the only names floating around that might remain viable possibilities are Bates Motel’s Nicola Peltz or Gigi Hadid (not as likely, as the model’s younger sister Bella is part of the “Thorne squad” – and the pair made headlines a few months ago with a little aviation mishap.) Thoughts? Speculate away!

Cover courtesy of Seventeen, additional photo by Getty.

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  1. NewWester says:

    At first I would have thought one of the Hilton sisters( Paris or Nicky) but they are much older. The only other guess would be one of the Olsen twins but again they are not the right age. But it is fun trying to figure it out

  2. Tapioca says:

    Oh honey, the real “mean girl” here is your hair colourist….

  3. ickythump says:

    I think it is Kendall Jenner. The fact that she mentioned the girl’s siblings makes it seem like they are well known too.

  4. Battyfrog says:

    It could be Kendall even if she’s hanging out with Kylie. She did say the siblings aren’t mean.

  5. dr mantis toboggan says:

    I’m more interested in the cute sparkle inspo for my squad and bae. Heart. Yo’

  6. vanna says:

    What about the Fanning girls? Dakota or Elle

  7. Greenieweenie says:

    It’s Nicola Peltz. Beautiful girl, billionaire daddy.

    Google around and this is an Obvious Item.

  8. lenje says:

    Am I the only one who have a problem with this: “One of the reasons I don’t like her is because she’s been a billionaire since she was very little, and she’s never had to work for anything in her life.” She doesn’t like someone who’s been having way more money than her?

    • MelissaManifesto says:

      You’re definitely not the only one, but maybe the context was because the girl has had money since birth, she is rudely entitled and tends to be mean to anyone who wasn’t born like her.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I hate the us vs. them attitude in this country. Everybody worships money and hates rich people. If someone’s rich, they must be an a-hole. It makes no sense and it’s as unfair as judging someone because they’re poor.

      • Lambda says:

        You’re utterly wrong. In ‘this country’ class resentment has been tampered down by the Horatio Alger myth. It’s a fairly correct assumption (if not certitude) that the very rich or their ancestors have accumulated their wealth through objectionable practices. Finally the young don’t worship money anymore.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yeah, that’s why the Kardashians are so unpopular, because “the young” are no longer superficial. And why every politician tries to have the poorest parents and the hardest hard luck story and blames “the rich” for everything wrong in the world, because there’s no longer any class resentment. Thanks for filling me in. And good to know that everyone who has been successful became so by what you consider “objectionable practices.” I assume you’re dirt poor but honorable and have no wish to change your circumstances through “objectionable practices” like hard work and intelligence.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Eh, to make that kind of money, you need to ne prepared to walk all over people most of the times. I’m sure there are a few nice people, but most of them are assholes.
        In this day and age, hard work and intelligence won’t take you far. Certainly not that far.

      • Lambda says:

        You can’t possible make an argument based on the opportunistic discourse of a few politicians during campaign season. I mean, really? At large and historically there has been little class resentment in this country precisely because of the myth you mention, go figure. Also because of a strong middle class, but hey, that’s changing, so you can expect much more of the us-vs-them talk.
        As for the Kardashians, of course I know who they are but nobody in my circle of 20-something give a flying copulation about them. I did no make a case for the young being un-superficial (dang, how do you manage to extrapolate so creatively?), but that they don’t worship money. Too much angst for the future to allow that.
        Also, allow me to mention some of the objectionable if not criminal practices the wealthiest of America have employed over the decades (the very rich, I said, not the successful, please read carefully): the labor of the slave, slave-like immigrant, and child, use of private policing forces to put down, in bloody manner, any labor unrest, pressuring local legislatures, ans so on. Name one magnate family, and you’ll discover all these pleasantries, and you don’t even have to go to the times of Cotton Mather.

      • Illyra says:

        Even if a super rich person made their fortune through being a ruthless asshole, that doesn’t automatically mean their children will be assholes too. Holding the wealth that a person was born into against them is unfair.

      • Lambda says:

        Illyra, my only answer to that is, oh poor poor poor rich person.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I completely agree with you.

        As for the the people who were born rich, I do wonder how never having to work for anything affects people.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I can see someone who’s been born rich developing a sense of entitlement, but it isn’t always something that happens.

      In any case, I’m inclined to take Bella’s judgment here with a saltshaker of salt. I don’t know much about either her or the woman she seems to be likely to be talking about, but throwing out a blind item like that is a weird, passive-aggressive move, especially since by her own account, Bella doesn’t really interact with this person.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      I took that as her saying this person has had it easy and has had everything handed to her, so there’s no reason for her to be so rude or have a chip on their shoulder.

  9. Bishg says:

    It could be Bella Hadid.
    The Hadids most definitely were born billionaires.

  10. MelissaManifesto says:

    Were the Jenner girls born billionaires? I know they were wealthy but they did not have that kind of money.

  11. alessio says:

    Its definitely nicola. Popculturediedin2009 made a masterpost about it and it totally confirms the theory (her family is a mess who fires maids for eating leftovers and shes totally getting roles out of nepotism-the last airbender was financed by her daddy). Also, they dont follow each other on instagram and the jenners/hadids are not billionaires, just millionaires

  12. Lara says:

    This girl makes me a little uncomfortable. She’s so young and yet she’s been pretty hyper-sexual for a couple of years (her Instagram is full of weird butt shots constantly), and she comes off really vacant in interviews. There’s something about her lips and cheeks that always looks filler-ed up too.

    She’s my bet for flying off the deep end in a few years. She’s like a down-low Kylie Jenner, like you’re just waiting for messiness to set in.

    • Bunnybear says:

      Popculturediedin2009 calls her Lilo in training

    • Samtha says:

      Her plastic surgery makes me sad. She was a really cute girl, and she started messing with her face while not even 18. My kids loved her on Shake It Up. She looks like a completely different person now.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        Yeah if you Google Image before and after for her, she looks like a COMPLETELY different person.

      • Jwoolman says:

        She never really grew as an actress while on Shake It Up, while Zendaya kept getting better and better. Bella actually was the one off note in TV movies I’ve seen with her in a small role, so she pulls down a production rather than helping it (except for the adoring little fans who loved her character in Shake It Up and therefore love her). She was even unimpressive in a commercial, so that might not be a good route for her. The messing with her body and hypersex stuff might be a reaction to that, maybe she realizes she won’t make the transition from Disney kid to real actor as an adult. That’s got to be a major stress if she’s aware of it, especially since she was paired with Zendaya whose career is developing well so far. These kid actors on hit shows can be very disappointed when they don’t continue to be “stars”. But the rules change as they age, not much is expected of kids. Maybe modeling would work for her. I always thought the same about Hilary Duff, another Disney kid who didn’t grow as an actress (she actually got worse with age, she was pretty good in the first season of Lizzie McGuire but it was downhill from there) or as a singer (even heavily digitally enhanced). But Hilary can do well as a model, like Bella she’s comfortable in front of a camera and easy on the eyes but doesn’t look like everybody else.

      • Kitten says:

        Is she a Disney star? I have literally never heard of her until now.

  13. Hichy says:

    Wow, super commercial for Seventeen magazine. Almost like they wrote it themselves.

  14. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I have no patience for this. If you’re going to say who it is, say it. These coy little hints about somebody “weally, weally mean” are just as bitchy as you’re claiming she is.

  15. Erinn says:

    I take her comment as someone who’s mother or father married a billionaire when they were really young – not someone who was born to super wealthy parents.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I have 3 guesses: Noah Cyrus, a Baldwin girl, or a Willis girl.

  17. H says:

    Who is this girl? That’s all I’ve got. Apparently I’m old, because I have no idea who she is.

  18. shineBright says:

    I’ve seen this observation made on Internet before but has anyone figured out a good reason why Bella and her boyfriend never received the same backlash Kylie and Tyga did? Because they’ve been dating since she was under 18 and was is his 20s. Why no outrage towards them? Hmmm…

    • Mimz says:

      I know, I came here to say the same thing, and I said it in a previous Kylie-Tyga post as well. Nobody thinks it’s shocking that Bella is dating a guy 5 years older than her because they fall in the “cute” category. We are wired to hate anything Kardashian/Jenner related, but to me this situation here is the same as Kylie’s. And, she’s been super sexual for a long time but, because of her clean cut image, nobody says anything.
      Also, she’s not as famous.
      She just turned 18 like, 2 months ago or something. And did a risqué photoshoot as well 5 seconds after her birthday. Much like Kylie. So yeah. Bias.

    • Word says:

      They’re not as over exposed?

    • tamsintoatea says:

      Most likely reasons are a combination of white privilege + general Kardashian hate that makes people enjoy complaining about them (not that there aren’t plenty of good reasons)

    • cici says:

      Because people don’t know who Bella Thorne is.

      I’m a pretty avid follower of pop culture and occasionally see her attending events but outside knowing that she’s an actress, I don’t know or care to know more about her.

    • Samtha says:

      Because most people have no idea who Bella Thorne is.

    • ShineBright says:

      You guys are right. I think it’s a combination of Kardashian/Jenner repulsion and Bella and her BF not being that famous. But I also think it has something to do with Tyga being black, it brings some feeling of discomfort to people whether conscious or not. You know the old “predator black man praying on white woman” feeling. Sometimes people don’t even realize that they have these biases. Just my opinion.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      IMHO, it’s bc Tyga comes off like a trashy thug whereas The Wknd is just less creepy/has a cleaner image. Also, Kylie seems like a brainwashed robot, who paps her “romance” daily..and like mentioned above, Bella is not as well-known.

    • justagirl says:

      Doesn’t Tyga have a child? Which draws attention to not just the age difference, but also highlights that they’re each at a different point in their lives.

    • claire says:

      Probably because not a lot of people know? This girl isn’t in the same category of famous as the Kartrashians. On top of that, Kylie’s parents ignoring she was being groomed by an adult male is just one thing in a long line of glaring parenting issues that the world was exposed to through their show on a weekly basis. This isn’t about white privilege or any other such thing. This girl is not on people’s radars in the same way. That’s it.

    • Bridget says:

      Cause this girl didn’t start out as the babysitter to her boyfriend’s kid? The boyfriend (likely) hasn’t know her since she was 12/13?

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      .Because Kardashian
      . Because the age gap is slightly smaller and the fact that Tyga has had close exposure to Kylie since she was 12 and the relationship appeared to have started before she was even 17.
      . Because Kylie and Tyga are a lot more well known than Bella and her boyfriend.
      . Because Tyga bragged about his underage sex with Kylie and Kanye made that gross public statement.

      I think those are the reasons why Tyga gets more criticism than this Gregg guy.

    • Sisi says:

      Because of media exposure and profitability. The kylie situation makes the news via articles with quotes from Kylie, Tyga, Black Chyna, Kris, Kaitlyn, Kim, Khloe, Kendall Amber Rose, and some others. They make stories, and the more polarising the more exposure &,income from news. Lots of page clicks means lots of money, and they have an enormous group of lovers and haters that are equally valuable readers. The bella situation really has no one within the inner circle talking about it publicly. Perhaps 1 or 2 quotes from The Weeknd. Which results in 1 newsitem about 1 interview. Also he only recently became mainstream commodity. They just arent that profitable to write about.

    • Lesies says:

      Oh please, it has nothing to do with race. Bella Throne( who is 19) and her 23 year old boyfriend are not rabid famewh00res like the K klan! Tyga was rumored to be dating Kylie when she was around 15 even. He was already a father by then. Plus, Tyga and Kylie has an 8 year difference. What 24 or 25 year old man with a child dates a 15 or 16 year old girl? Thats not normal but its considered predatory. Nice try race bating. Take it elsewhere.

  19. original kay says:

    no one else side eyeing the 5 year age difference? she’s 18, he’s 23.

  20. Mar says:

    Being that she grew up poor, as she states, I would imagine she may be exaggerating the billionaire thing. I too think it’s Kendall, since she mentions she is ok with the siblings.

    • Christin says:

      That’s what I am thinking as well. She could be using billionaire as a way to describe someone with many millions and perhaps a very cushy lifestyle.

      At her own young age, I also think she used ‘little’ to describe pre-teen, not necessarily a toddler.

  21. margie says:

    Wonder how Bella and Zendaya get along? I feel like Zendaya is better known, and smarter, and maybe that she wouldn’t be involved in girl-drama and gross older boyfriend messes…I would love to know their dynamic.

    • Patty says:

      LOL. I thought it was a pretty open secret that Zendaya was with her partner from DWTS. And he is almost 30. But I’ve only ever heard good things about Zendaya. Apparently, she is super sweet and everyone loves her. Good head on her shoulders too.

  22. reed says:

    She’s very pretty and all, but I really can’t with how hard the industry is trying to make this girl happen. The marketing push behind her is aggressively disproportionate to the work that she has done. It’s distracting.

  23. ninal says:

    My friend tutored a lot of these disney kids and she said while her costar zendaya was a sweetheart, this girl was a real pill who was dressing a 35 year old in racy clothes at the age of 14.

    • Kymdragon says:

      Her older sister has a lot of surgery as well, shes had one of those Brazilian butt things Kylie had. Bella and her sister are both over-sexualized but what females 18-25 aren’t.

      The difference between her and Kylie is that she is an actress and isn’t trying to sell herself as #goals and make money off her fans just based on blind worship and no skills. Bella is not the product Bella is selling. Her acting is.

      Bella did not come from money, worked hard, and landed a job acting. Can’t fault her for that. Posing for sexy pictures is just part of the deal to generate interest, get more roles, and make more money.

      Kylie however, already started with money. She could have done anything she wanted and didn’t NEED to push her plastic image so much. (Kind of like Tamara Ecclestone- born billionaire, but needed that validation so badly that she cheapened herself with surgery and naked pictures)

      Bella started on food stamps and had to fight her way through all the other kids who wanted to be Disney stars, in this age of the Special Snowflake that’s not easy. There is talent there, so we ignore a few duck faces.

      But Kylie is trying to sell the duck faces as her talent. She uses her money to pay for her own photo shoots to make herself look sexy, to sell the image back to the masses.

      And pretty sure the blind item is Nicola Peltz as many have said, Bella is good friends with the Hadids and the Jenners, its not them.

  24. cakecakecake says:

    One of the Olsen twins is my guess for the blind.

  25. KR says:

    I bet it’s Nicola Peltz. All the clues are there.

  26. FingerBinger says:

    I’m reading between the lines. This girl is mean because she doesn’t want to be Bella’s friend.

  27. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    I don’t get the Olsen comments, at least not the twins. They are almost 30 and have basically been in hiding for the past decade, and this chick is 18. And I just don’t see Elizabeth being mean, she seems to live a quiet life in NYC.

  28. claire says:

    I’m just gonna say a big UGH to the phone thing. I hate that Seventeen left that in there like that’s normal behavior. You do NOT have to give your boyfriend the password to your phone. That is classic controlling behavior.

  29. Jane says:

    I’d just like to mention that Bella and Gregg were together before she turned 18, and no one freaked like they did with Kylie and Tyga. Race problem? I think so.

    • ashley says:

      I was thinking the same thing. But they’re white, so it doesn’t bother anybody

    • Jwoolman says:

      Um, I don’t think Tyga’s big problem is his interesting racial mix. The guy not only bragged about having sex with his very rich underage girlfriend (from whom he has taken a boatload of cash), he actually incorporates details of having sex with her in his rap. He could be a Swedish-American blue-eyed blond and get loads of flack for that behavior.

    • Eve says:

      I think the difference with Tyga and Gregg situation is that B&G have the same cookie-cutter image of young love, both clean cut and more “innocent” looking. While on the other hand, Kylie comes from an oversexual, overexposed family with a media whoring reputation and now being in a relationship with a bad boy rapper (a career that comes with notoriously womanising reputation) that most importantly of all, has already a child by another woman which automatically puts him as a father in a different stage in his life then his then underage teenage girlfriend. A 5 year age difference is not a big deal for a lot of people, it’s the fact Tyga is already a father, that would make Kylie a would-be teenage stepmother, which is unappealing. That’s a lot of baggage for a teenager. I really don’t think that it’s a racial thing and more to do with Bella & Gregg being more at a similar stage in their lives as a young couple and Kylie and Tyga are not.

      • Kymdragon says:

        And Tyga and Chyna came together to Kim and Kanye’s wedding- Then not even a month later, you have Kylie’s 17th bday where video was released of Tyga telling her to do tequila shots (this is 16 turning 17).

        So people were worried for Kylie right away- Because after that they were inseparable, then they kept denying their relationship which was just annoying and insulting, then a year later you had the Big Reveal with that classy and special video Stimulated.

        Very different to Bella Hadid and Weeknd and Bella Thorne and her man.

    • tealily says:

      I don’t know. I don’t even know who this chick is. Maybe fewer people noticed/ care about her.

    • lunchcoma says:

      The only gossip coverage Bella has gotten before now on most sites is occasionally being included in style coverage of various awards shows. Various Kardashians are on pretty much every gossip site pretty much every day.

      I don’t approve of a 23+-year-old starting a relationship with a person who’s not yet of age. I didn’t approve of it when it was Lorde, I didn’t approve of it when it was Kendall, and I still don’t approve of it now that it’s Bella.

    • Bridget says:

      Tyga had known Kylie for years and had clearly been grooming her, not to mention Kylie at one point being his kid’s babysitter.

    • Lesies says:

      Gregg is not a baby daddy with a 2 year old son like Tyga is. He and Bella don’t have a 8 year difference either. Bella is 18( which is an adult) btw. Kylie started dating the 25 year old Tyga when she was only 16 or 17. That is not an adult. Sorry but this has nothing to do with race. Tyga is a predator unlike Gregg.

  30. lala says:

    The girl she is referring to is probably Nicola Peltz. She’s close in age with Bella and she is a billiionare. She also has a lot of siblings.

  31. lile says:

    Supposedly its Kylie Jenner. She is probably just mean because she had to purchase her looks from the plastic surgeon whereas Bella came by hers naturally. Don’t know why Bella would want to associate with that skank crowd anyways. I wish Bella would make things right with Zendaya, her former castmate. Don’t know what went down between those two but Zendaya is pure class. That is who I would want to hang with.

  32. Rebecca says:

    Cara Delevigne? I probably spelled that wrong.

  33. Cady Heron says:

    What a stupid stereotype, people with money = bad people…