Ruby Rose opens up about being ‘tormented’ by homophobic bullies aged 12

Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose ‘knew’ from a young age that she was gay (Picture: Getty)

Ruby Rose was ‘tormented’ by homophobic bullies at school after coming out at the age of 12.

The Vanquish star said she ‘knew’ about her sexuality at a young age, however looking back she might have decided not to reveal it as a child if she had known how people would react at the time.

The 35-year-old told the mag: ‘I came out when I was 12, which is quite young. In a way, I only knew that to be my truth.

‘I didn’t know how to live without being open and honest about my identity, but I think I was also very young and maybe if I was a little bit older and I realised how homophobic people are, I might not have come out so young.

‘I got bullied for it. I got tormented. I felt like I got crucified at school. And it was tough being the only gay person in that school.’

The Orange Is The New Black actor revealed she ‘wasn’t taken seriously’ after coming out because she was so young at the time.

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Ruby appears in Glamour UK’s Pride issue (Picture: Brandon Almengo)

However this turned out to be a benefit as ‘by the time everyone realised what that really meant, what being gay meant and what being with women meant, they’d gotten used to the fact that that’s what I am.’

The star has previously criticised social media for making life more difficult for LGBTQ+ people, although noted it can help you ‘find people who will help support you’.

‘At the same time, it’s a whole portal of people being able to attack you when you’re in your bedroom at home,’ she said.

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Ruby spoke about her experience coming out at 12-years-old (Picture: Brandon Almengo)

‘When I was home, I was safe, [but] now, I feel there’s a lot of pressure on kids.’

Ruby leads the charge for Glamour UK’s Pride issue, posing for one of five celebrity covers which also includes actor Madison Bailey, singer Kim Petras, Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski and drag performer Gottmik.

Read the full interviews in the GLAMOUR UK June Digital Issue – The Beauty of Pride – online now.

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