Former “Famous in Love” star Bella Thorne has accused Freeform executives of calling her “ugly” while she was filming the now-canceled drama.
“One issue is when you have a girl, a young girl who is on your show, you can’t tell her that she’s ugly or she’s fat or she’s this or she’s that because that’s going to make her feel bad,” Thorne said in a Los Angeles Times profile published on Thursday.
When pressed on who made the comments, Thorne replied, “The network … In e-mails, and there was another thing that was in front of everyone on set,” referencing the aforementioned on-set incident.
Freeform declined to comment.
“After [the on-set incident] the cast was texting me, ‘Oh, my God, Bella. I am so sorry. That was so awkward. I feel so bad. Do you want me to come over to your room?’ ‘Oh, my God, I can’t believe they did that,'” she said. “It was all supposed to change on Season 2, and it didn’t.”
Thorne starred in “Famous in Love” for two seasons on Freeform, until the show was canceled in June. Speculation about the show’s fate had been making the rounds on social media for days before the official announcement, leading Thorne to call out Freeform on Twitter. “If this is how I find out our show is canceled..I’m going to be so upset. Very hurtful freeform. I woulda liked a phone call maybe,” she wrote.
Series creator I. Marlene King also took to Twitter at the time to deny reports that clashes between she and Thorne were the reason for the show’s impending cancellation.
“Despite what may be out there I am not in a feud w @bellathorne. We have, and have always had, a friendly and professional relationship,” wrote King.
Thorne clarified to the L.A. Times that her issues were with the network. Thorne said executives viewed her as “uncontrollable and crazy.”