Bella Thorne was a young teen when she became a household name for her role in Disney Channel’s ‘Shake It Up’ but that doesn’t come as a surprise considering she began working as a model at the young age of six weeks old. The 23-year-old was born as Annabella Avery Thorne in October 1997 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Thorne is half Cuban from her father’s side and she told HOLA! USA in her digital cover that her first language was Spanish and was diagnosed with dyslexia in third grade.
“I could not read in one language, let alone two… Then I went to a learning center. Their recommendation was that I stop speaking Spanish and concentrate in English because I could not read at all. It was very difficult and I could not learn how to read, write and spell until I was around 8 years old, when I was able to write a full page… It took me a really long time of struggling,” she said.
Despite her struggles, Thorne went on to have a successful career as an actress, singer, and writer. The 23-year-old lives life authentically and unapologetically, never being afraid to stir the pot. Some of Thorne’s achievements include co-starring in the comedy film ‘Blended’ alongside Adam Sandler and in the film, ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ in 2014 and ‘The DUFF’ in 2015.
When Thorne isn’t acting, she is working on writing and creating music. She spent most of her 2021 producing music such as her single, ‘Shake It,’ which she describes as a “very fun song, it makes you relax, it makes you feel a little confident in yourself, feeling like a little baddie.” Most of the 23-year-old’s music has a fun, carefree vibe to it, like Thorne herself.
Most recently, Thorne got engaged to her boyfriend of two years Italian singer, Benjamin Mascolo back in May. Now, she is starring in a new movie with Mascolo and she seems to be happier than ever.