Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok has opened up about being bullied in a new Instagram post.
The 38-year-old shared a video of herself as a child, writing: "When I was 13 years old I was 200 pounds (90kg), I got bullied a lot and boys were horrible to me, they would throw rocks at my head and kids would laugh behind my back.
"All I wanted was to be an actress and musician and it was the only time I felt happy. A guy I had a crush on told me I'd never amount to anything. I told him to watch this space."
Of course, Tammin would go on to do just that, landing her first audition for Home and Away at 16.
The actress wrote in the caption: "I was bullied for most of my adolescence. People's words, bathed in hate, could have done two things. Held me down or got me to get up.
"If you are in this situation, I promise you that you are worthy, you are enough and I want you to GET UP. Your dreams can come true, but it’s up to you. I see you. I got you."
Fans loved the post and its message with one follower writing, "As someone who was bullied for being different and had autism you stand strong and proud! You showed them!!"
"Wow!! You sure showed them all!" another wrote.
"You are a great role model for all little girls!" someone else said. "You are amazing!"
"You were beautiful then and you're beautiful now. But I love the success glow... congratulations," another said.
"The best revenge is success," one person added.
Many others thanked her for sharing her story, with some saying they "needed" the message today.
The mother-of-two has previously shared a message to her 13-year-old self, writing on Instagram, "The boy standing in front of you will break you. He will break your heart in ways you never thought possible.
"He will embarrass you as you feel the stares of awkward prepubescent males all stifling a hearty laugh."
Tammin recalled a time when she ‘became the punchline again’ after slipping when she tried to dive into the pool and coming up for air only to hear everyone laughing at her.
"I see that girl. She will spend your school years antagonizing you, she will make it her duty to beat you down, trying to suck from a straw any self-respect you might have. Distracting herself will deflect the self-loathing she feels for herself but you won't know that just yet," she added.
She went on to say that the girl ends up stealing her first love and bullying her about it.
But one day she told her teenage self that she ‘will change’ and she ‘will realise unhappiness is the most powerful pipeline to hate’.
"But I’m here, standing on the sidelines, looking at you, my 13-year-old self, and I want you to know you’re going to be more than okay."
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