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Gabourey Sidibe Reveals She's 'Still Dealing With the Haters,' Shares Advice on Building Self-Esteem

by Latifah Muhammad 4:54 PM PDT, September 21, 2016
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Gabourey Sidibe admits that she's "still dealing with the haters," but she knows exactly how to handle them.

The 33-year-old Empire star talked self-esteem during an episode of Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday, after a mom called in for advice with regard to her 12-year-old daughter being bullied because of her size.

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Sidibe encouraged the woman to get her daughter involved in something that she enjoys, while assuring her that everything will work out in the end.

"I gotta be honest with you. I went through school and I didn't realize how much it really prepared me for real life. I’m still dealing with the haters,” she said before adding some inspirational words on navigating through the "battlefield" that is junior high school.

"I would say get her in a class or something," Sidibe advised. "Have her find something she loves about herself, and as long as she builds herself and finds her own self-love, no matter what anyone says about her, it'll hit her and fall right off her."

While getting through school wasn't easy for the New York native, Sidibe says she eventually learned to love herself.

"Junior high school sucked for me, high school sucked for me...I didn't get good with myself until I was like 25," she said before giving the girl's mom more advice. "Tell her to hold on but it'll be worth it, honestly."

Despite her acting talent, it was singing that actually helped Sidibe deal with bullying in school.

"I knew every song on the radio, and so I sang a lot," she explained. "It was really weird because older girls from like the older classes β€” the senior girls β€” would come find me and have me sing their favorite song."

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The WWHL episode didn't just cover heavy topics, Sidibe and her Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, answered some questions about the upcoming season, and played a few games with host Andy Cohen.

The next day, Sidibe shared a WWHL snapshot alongside Smollett, which she captioned, "#Empire returns TONIGHT! We're just as excited as everyone else!"

#Empire returns TONIGHT! We're just as excited as everyone else!

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Back in March, ET caught up with Sidibe, where she addressed the notion that curvy women are becoming more popular in fashion and Hollywood.

"I am part of the curvier population, and so I know that we exist and somebody said something to me yesterday about 'curvy girls are in now,' and I was like, 'That is actually rude,'" she said. "Don't tell me that I am in right now because I have been alive my entire life and there have been curvier women for the entirety of the world since the dawn of time. To say that we are in now is rude, because it says that we won't be in tomorrow or something."

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