Millie Bobby Brown Shares An Important Message In Honor of Her 16th Birthday

Millie Bobby Brown Shares An Important Message In Honor of Her 16th Birthday
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Just because she’s changing doesn’t mean she’s changed.

Millie Bobby Brown is celebrating her 16th birthday in the best way possible: by sharing an important message with her fans and followers! In honor of her special day, the “Stranger Things” star took to IGTV with a meaningful look at how growing up in the spotlight has affected her sense of self.

Set to Justin Bieber‘s emotional ballad, “Changes,” the video starts with a handful of headlines that point out the brutal bullying Millie’s endured over the years — both from the media and the public — and ends as she blows out the candles on her sweet 16 birthday cake. In the caption of the equally heartbreaking and heartwarming montage, Millie encouraged readers to be a force of positivity in the world:

“our world needs kindness and support in order for us children to grow and succeed. the last few years haven’t been easy…there are moments i get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me. but not ever will i be defeated. ill continue doing what i love and spreading the message in order to make change.”

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16 has felt like a long time coming. i feel like change needs to happen for not only this generation but the next. our world needs kindness and support in order for us children to grow and succeed. the last few years haven't been easy, I'll admit that. there are moments i get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me. but not ever will i be defeated. ill continue doing what i love and spreading the message in order to make change. let's focus on what needs changing and I hope this video informs you on the things that go on behind the scenes of the headlines and flashing lights. dont worry I'll always find a way to smile 😉 leggo 16 ♡.

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In case you missed it, Millie’s nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award this year. See the full list of nominees!

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