Though she’s one of TikTok’s top ten most-followed stars, Bella Poarch rarely speaks out about her personal life.
She’s so quiet, in fact, people aren’t even sure what her real age is. This has led to a number of questions about her identity. Aside from the fact she is the creator of TikTok’s most-liked video, we know very little about her for certain.
On Nov. 11, though, Poarch opened up about the surprising reason she’s accumulated quite a bit of ink over the years.
“Why do you have so many tattoos? They don’t fit you,” a user asked in the comments of one of her previous videos.
“I had a rough childhood. My scars from abuse made me insecure. And so I had to cover up my scars with tattoos,” Poarch responded.
Commenters were impressed with her bravery in speaking out against alleged abuse.
“This is the biggest reminder to everyone that you never know what someone is or has gone through,” one user said.
“You are so beautiful and resilient,” another wrote.
“I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing. You are so brave in so many ways,” a third commented.
Poarch took to the comments of her post to explain why she opened up.
“I wasn’t comfortable posting this … but if ur having a hard time rn, just know that ur not alone and you’ll make it through this. U r brave & strong,” she wrote.
Poarch faced backlash over one of her tattoos — an extremely offensive “rising sun” flag. To many, particularly residents of countries who fell victim to the atrocities of Japan’s imperialist past, the symbol is considered a hateful reminder of the human rights abuses.
She has since said she’s getting the tattoo covered up.
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