Australian actor Hugh Jackman has reached out to bullied schoolboy Quaden Bayles, after a distressing video of the nine-year-old was shared online.
Yesterday Quaden’s mum, Yarraka Bayles, uploaded a video of the Brisbane boy crying, saying: “I just want to kill myself... I just want to die right now”, after suffering from relentless bullying.
After a slew of sports stars came out in support of Quaden, 51-year-old Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman took to his Twitter today to speak directly to the young boy, who was born with achondroplasia dwarfism.
“Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate,” Hugh said.
“And no matter what, you've got a friend in me. So everyone let’s please be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay. Period. Life is hard enough,' he said.
“Let's just remember every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle. So let's just be kind.”
Hugh Jackman isn’t the only celebrity to speak out after Quaden’s video went viral, with American actress Alyssa Milano uploading a screenshot of the footage to her Instagram account, alongside the caption: “Let’s find this boy. Let’s give him love and appreciation”.
The Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan took to his Twitter to post a video to Quaden, telling him he just wants him to know that he does have friends.
“I am your buddy. You haven’t met me yet but we’ll see if we can change that. Maybe your mom can DM me? You have a bunch of friends out here, out in the world that you haven’t met yet. But we’re here and we’ve got your back. You need to know that, it’ll get better. As the dad of a nine-year-old, kids can be horrible and that’s because their parents aren’t doing their job.”
He finished the video by telling Quaden that it’s “going to get better” and to “hang in there”.
Yesterday, Quaden’s mum took to her Facebook to share the video of her son sobbing in the back of the car after cruel bullies had taunted him at school.
“This is the impact that bullying has on a nine-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun,” the mum can be heard saying in the video.
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