Kwaden Bales has made a sad admission years after going viral after being bullied at school – despite his Hollywood career taking off
Quaden Bales was nine years old when a video of him being bullied went viral Indigenous boy with dwarfism, touched hearts around the world Three years later he’s still bullied but much less and loves high school
Quaden Bales, an Aboriginal boy with dwarfism whose battle with bullying has touched the world, says he loves high school but still hates it.
In 2020 his mother, Yarraka Bailes, posted a harrowing video of her son on Facebook, in which Quaden – who was born with a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia – is seen crying uncontrollably and asking for a knife to kill himself after picking him up. . School.
At the start of the five-minute clip, Ms Bailes can be heard saying: ‘I just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying incident, called the principal, and I want people to know this is the impact of bullying. This is bullying.’
‘So can you please educate your children, your family, your friends because it takes one more example… and you wonder why kids are killing themselves.
‘We try to be as positive as possible and only share the highlights… but that’s how bullying affects a nine-year-old.’
Three years later, Quaden told The Australian Story she still experiences bullying, but it’s not as bad, and she’s loving life as a high school student.
‘I’m so happy now that I’m in high school like I’m not in primary school. Finally it’s over,’ he said.
‘I do not sit on the carpet and the ground; I love high school now.
‘But I still get hate here and there, but it’s not as bad as it used to be.’
Quaden Bales (right), an Indigenous boy from Dwarfism, says he’s still bullied but loves high school, three years after a video of him asking for a knife to take his own life went viral.
The 2020 viral video caught the attention of celebrities around the world, who threw their support behind Quaden and his family’s fight against bullying.
Hollywood superstar Jackman posted a video on Twitter in which he said: ‘Quaden, you’re stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you have a friend in me.’
The Wolverine actor went on to plead with his fans to ‘please be kind to each other’.
Ms Bayles shared the original video of Quaden to raise awareness of the effects of bullying but the global attention the youngster has earned has led to the film’s role.
Ms Bayles shared the original video of Quaden to raise awareness of the effects of bullying but the global attention the youngster has led to the film’s role.
The 11-year-old has completed filming for his role in the latest installment of the Mad Max film franchise.
She also stars in her upcoming film Furiosa alongside Chris Hemsworth, a prequel to her 2015 post-apocalyptic action hit Fury Road.
In March Quaden told NITV that he had another major film project, and was also working on his own original music.
‘I’m taking a picture, something is happening. I can’t say,’ said the 11-year-old.
‘Mad Max was my first big movie role. For me, I was like “Wow.” I didn’t know who I would be today.
‘I’ve been working on some music, making some beats at school. I’m going to the studio and doing some crazy rap with my friends.
‘I want to start learning how to rap, start freestyle.’
In March, Quaden (pictured at the premiere of Three Thousand Years of Longing in 2022) revealed that he would be starring in another film and was working on some rap music.