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The chart-topping trio shared how hard their journey from child musicians to Teen Choice Decade Award recipients was during Sunday’s broadcast.
The eldest of the musical trio, Kevin, said he was bullied in middle school because he sported frosted tips.
“I started to hate to go to school, I started to hate my hair, I started to hate myself,” he recalled of the torment, revealing the crude nickname classmates called him. “And, at the same time, I went on my very first acting audition… and then they hired me because they liked my frosted tips.”
“The same haircut … was what started my actual career,” the 31-year-old added, “and it’s also the reason I’m standing on this stage receiving this award today.”
Nick, 26, said he was also targeted in school, though his adversaries were teachers, not students. Early Broadway success earned him “a bit harsher treatment than everyone else,” he said.
“And I still remember one birthday in particular,” Nick continued, “I was quite young, I was very excited, as well all get on our birthdays (and) my teachers yelled at me saying, ‘Stop drawing attention to yourself.’ I had enough self-doubt as it was, I didn’t need to be told how little I really was. But if I had stopped what I was doing … I wouldn’t be here today receiving this award.”
Nick told the Fox broadcast’s young viewers that “those things that you feel like you’re singled out about, you’re bullied about that define you in your teen years can become the thing that make you special: it’s your gift, it’s your power.”
“Embrace those things,” Joe, 29, encouraged.