Millie Bobby Brown is speaking out about the challenges of growing up in the spotlight. To mark her 16th birthday on Wednesday, the Stranger Thingsactress took to Instagram to share a video and a message. The clip, which is set to Justin Bieber's track, "Changes," features home movies and red carpet appearances, but also touches on the way Brown's been spoken about in the press and by fans.
"16 has felt like a long time coming. i feel like change needs to happen for not only this generation but the next," she wrote alongside the clip. "our world needs kindness and support in order for us children to grow and succeed."
"the last few years haven't been easy, I'll admit that. there are moments i get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me," she continued. "but not ever will i be defeated. ill continue doing what i love and spreading the message in order to make change."
Brown concluded her post by encouraging her fans to "focus on what needs changing."
"I hope this video informs you on the things that go on behind the scenes of the headlines and flashing lights," she added. "dont worry I'll always find a way to smile ;) leggo 16 ♡."