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Dove Cameron ‘s tragic life story will make you cry!

Dove Cameron lives a charmed life. The former star of the Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie is a triple threat in the entertainment industry, wowing her fans with her singing, dancing, and acting capabilities. With gigs outside of the Disney Channel piling up, including the role of Amber Von Tussle in NBC’s 2016 production of Hairspray Live!, she is clearly ready to break free from her squeaky clean child star image and prove to the world that she’s a bonafide actress. But behind her accomplishments and her megawatt smile lies a harrowing past full of tragedy, dark moments, and depression. 

From insecurities about her looks to a heartbreaking loss in her family, the platinum blonde TV star has dealt with her fair share of suffering — all before she even entered her 20s. Below is Dove Cameron’s tragic real-life story.

she had been a victim of bullying in her youth. Recalling how she’d felt during her younger days, Cameron said she would think to herself, “These kids don’t like me, they don’t accept me.”

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Some of the most devastating moments of her youth included when a group of girls locked her in a janitor’s closet and when other students would attempt to trip her as she walked down the hallways. One time, another girl at school purposely spilled a drink on a dress Cameron had crafted. But it was an incident during a school field trip that was the most jarring. “Once in high school, on a field trip away from school, some girls brought razors to shave their legs and threw them at me and told me to kill myself,” she remembered. 

“I was weird,” she said. “I had no friends. But I loved it.” Being friendless can feel isolating, but we’re glad Cameron found joy in her solitude. And we wouldn’t be surprised if her former classmates are now kicking themselves for not befriending the weird chick who wore all the eccentric costumes! 

When Cameron was just 15 years old, her family was struck by tragedy when her father, Philip Alan Hosterman, took his own life. Cameron has remained pretty mum about the details of his passing, but, over the years, the actress has shed a little bit of light about her relationship with her dad.

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In 2016, she posted a touching tribute to her father on her Instagram account, which included a touching yet heartbreaking message. A portion of the caption read, “You still teach me lessons every day, and make me laugh as the lessons you instilled at a young age begin to settle into my bones and make more sense. You set me up for the best life imaginable, and I plan to make your proud every single day and never waste it.” She continued, “I love you eternally, and can’t wait to see you again, maybe in our next life as we find each other over and over. Forever your best friend, and your little girl.” 

Learning that her dad was gay was a light bulb moment for her, providing her with more clarity about the devastating situation than she could have ever imagined. “When I found that out [that he was closeted], I was like, everything adds up,” she said, before describing him as a sensitive person who had “bursts of anger.” 

While Cameron may not talk about her father much, her fans may be able to learn even more about her dad’s life one day if things go as planned. “I’d really like to write a movie about him one day,” she revealed to EW, “because my dad was just the most fascinating human being.”

The Descendants star was actually born as Chloe Celeste Hosterman. In September 2017, she took to her Twitter to give the sentimental reason as to why she doesn’t use her real name professionally. “My father always called me Dove,” her tweet read. “He took his own life when I was 15, I didn’t get to say goodbye, so I changed it in honor of him.” 

Following her dad’s passing, Cameron and her mom moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a new school. She battled with depression during those early years and found that acting helped her through that tumultuous period in her life. “I felt very vulnerable, so I locked myself in this emotional nobody-can-touch-me kind of zone,” she said to EW. “And the only way I could really get out of that was by being somebody else.”