Hugh Jackman, Other Celebrities Reach Out To Bullied 9-Year-Old
By Dave Basner
February 21, 2020
This week, heartbreaking video of a bullied nine-year-old boy from Australia went viral. In it, young Quaden Bayles cries and says he wants to stab himself in the heart after being relentlessly teased and harassed at school. The footage, which his mom shared to help raise awareness about the effects of bullying, was difficult to watch for anyone who saw it, including celebrities. Now, stars are sending messages to Quaden, letting him know it gets better.
Among the celebs who threw their support behind Bayles is fellow Australian Hugh Jackman, who captioned a video he tweeted to the boy, "Quaden - you've got a friend in me. #BeKind." In the clip, Jackman says, "Quaden, you are stronger than you know and no matter what, you've got a friend in me." He then asks everyone to be nicer to each other and to put an end to bullying.
The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan also reached out to Quaden, stating, "What I want you to know is that you have friends, me included, I am your buddy. You haven't met me yet, but we'll see if we can change that." Morgan, a father of a nine-year-old himself, admitted that kids "can be horrible" and went on to blame the parents of the children who have been bullying Quaden.
Jon Bernthal, Vincent D'Onofrio and Megyn Kelly also tweeted at Quaden.
Hey little man. For what it’s worth you have taught my family so much. You have inspired us and in our home you are a hero. Thank you for your courage, stay strong the world is watching and you have so much beautiful power. From me and my boys. We are with you and we thank you. https://t.co/QuTL0vvnor— Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) February 20, 2020
Hey there son,— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) February 20, 2020
Much love to you&your family. Stay strong. You're an example to all, every one of us out in the world. You live this life you have. You can can live it strong&happy. Myself&my children have gained strength from u.
U are so powerful to me. YOU ARE A GIANT AMONG MEN. https://t.co/6t0Vr3vOIT