Winona Ryder Was Beaten Up in Middle School for Wearing Boys' Clothes


Winona Ryder Was Beaten Up in Middle School for Wearing Boys' Clothes


The 'Stranger Things' star revealed in her biography book, 'They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the s**t out of me. I had to have stitches.'
Winona Ryder is everything a woman could ever dream of. But little did we know, the Golden Globe-winning actress was once a victim of bullying when she was in junior high school, all because of her boyish look.

In a recently resurfaced story from her biography titled "Winona Ryder: The Biography", the "Stranger Things" star recounted the traumatic experience she had on the third day of seventh grade at Kenilworth Junior High in Petaluma, California. "I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy's suit," she said.

"As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, 'Hey, f****t [a homophobic slur],' " she went on saying. "They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the s**t out of me. I had to have stitches."



Unfortunately, the perpetrator wasn't punished. Instead, "the school kicked me out, not the bullies."

When 17-year-old Winona starred in 1988's "Beetlejuice", she might think that things would get better afterwards. "I remember thinking, 'Ooh, ['Beetlejuice'] is like the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school,' " she previously said in an interview with Marie Claire. "But it made things worse. They called me a witch."

"Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who'd kicked me,” she continued saying in the biography. Seemingly oblivious, the bully allegedly said to Winona, "Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?"

The "Black Swan" actress, unsurprisingly, didn't easily give the girl her autograph and even shut her down epically. "And I said, 'Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?' She said, 'Kind of.' And I said, 'That was me. Go f**k yourself,' " she revealed.


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