Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has marked her 16th birthday by sharing a powerful message hitting out at the criticism and sexualisation she’s received over recent years.
The British actress, who plays Eleven in the hit Netflix show, shared a reflective post on her milestone birthday today (19 February) with a video soundtracked to Justin Bieber’s new song Changes and a montage of clips of her growing up and achieving fame.
Alongside the video, Millie writes: ‘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.’
She then went on to call out the social media abuse and inappropriate comments that she’s received growing up in the spotlight.
‘The last few years haven’t been easy, I’ll admit that,’ Millie told her followers.
‘There are moments i get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualisation, 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.’
But looking to the future positively, she added: ‘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 [sic].’
Millie’s celebrity peers rushed to send the teen their birthday wishes, with Noah Schnapp commenting: ‘happy bday millie this year is gonna be your year. AGAIN. here’s to 16 years old!’
Former Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui said: ‘Send you so much love angel!! Happy Birthdayyy!! Keep thriving and being exactly who you need to be.’
Model Bella Hadid chimed in: ‘I love you Millie , happy birthday baby girl.’
Straight Outta Compton actor O’Shea Jackson Jr joined in and added: ‘Happy Birthday to the young [goat] !!! Tell ya brother I said wadup!!’
And Miley Cyrus’ younger sister Noah Cyrus said: ‘Happy birthday lil mills.’
Here’s to many more, Millie!
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