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11th Apr 2014

Andrew Garfield Speaks Out On ‘Defining’ Experience Of Being Bullied At School

'Today I celebrate my sensitivities.'

Andrew Garfield seems to have it all, with a successful career, the amazing Emma Stone on his arm and some very impressive hair.

This week, however, the Spiderman star revealed that he was bullied while at school in the UK and the experience has stayed with him throughout his life. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Garfield revealed that he doesn’t hold a grudge against those who targeted him as he understood the reasons behind their behaviour.

“[It was] a defining experience you never forget. I have not forgotten who bullied me, but I’m not going to name and shame them. I know now that it goes on everywhere, and I also have more understanding of what makes a bully. They’ve been bullied before.”

And the 30-year-old has now learned to turn the ordeal into a positive, saying that it taught him to appreciate his strengths.

“I like to say I was thankful to my school bully, because without him, I wouldn’t be in this position now. I thought that [being sensitive] was a weakness, but I realise now those sensitivities can be real strength. Today I celebrate my sensitivities.”

What a man!