Updated 12:52 PM EST, Sat, Nov 27, 2021

'Dancing With The Stars' Alum Bethany Mota Shares Experience on Cyber-Bullying

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Bethany Mota has opened up about her struggles with cyber-bullying.

The 19-year-old, who started out as a YouTube sensation, graces the September 2015 cover of Latina magazine. In the accompanying interview of the publication, Mota shared how she got past some difficulties in her life.

"I felt hopeless," she said on being bullied online, as quoted by Just Jared Jr. "I had really bad anxiety. I would have panic attacks every time I was around a lot of people. I didn't even want to hang out with my family members."

Mota admitted to Latina magazine that her depression lasted for half a year, adding that she came to a point where she was "just sick of everything" and "felt very trapped," E! News reported.

"I was scared to express my opinion or talk because I was afraid of judgment. I thought, 'I'm always going to be too scared to live life,'" the brunette beauty revealed, as quoted by E! News.

She continued, as reported by Just Jared Jr., "I've always made it a point to be kind to people. I think that's why the bullying struck me so hard, because I really didn't understand why they would do something like that to me."

The National Center for Educational Statistics said that one out of every four students is being bullied during the academic year, Latina reported.

It was through vlogging that Mota overcame her depression and learned to embrace self-confidence. According to her, it is important to have self-love and having a "predetermine version" of oneself, the news outlet added.

Now, the "Dancing With the Stars" alumna prefers to fail "trying really hard than not trying at all," Just Jared Jr. noted. Mota explained that bullying will constantly happen, even in a working environment where people don't realize that they are being a tormentor, E! News added. However, Mota's love for herself makes it easier for her to persevere through it all.

Mota, who was home schooled, started making Web videos at the age of 13 and now has more than 9.1 million subscribers, Adweek wrote. She describes YouTube as a "safe place" where she shared clips featuring topics such as make-up tutorials, fashion, and DIY projects.

As for what she feels about nearing YouTube's "Diamond Play Button" status of reaching 10 million subscribers, Mota said that she doesn't really think about it and that doing what she loves is her main goal, the news outlet added.

"I've always just wanted to create content for my existing subscribers instead of focusing on how many more people I can get to my channel," she said, as quoted by Adweek.

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