Say what you will about Bella Thorne, but there's no denying that she seems like the kind of person who does exactly what she wants whenever she feels like it. Like, she's only 22 and has literally directed her own BDSM porn film and launched her own line of cannabis. That is peak "I do what I want" behavior, don't you think?
Anyway, Bella's obviously got a pretty unique take on life, and she has a few tips for channeling that energy. Like...smoking lots of weed, not hating your exes, and asking for exactly what you want in a relationship. Here's what she had to say about all of that when we chatted about Forbidden Flowers, her cannabis collaboration with Glass House.
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You've been very vocal about the fact that smoking weed has helped you cope with your anxiety. What made you decide to take the leap from simply using it to getting involved in the industry?
[Editor's note: Although studies indicate that marijuana may "ease the symptoms" of depression and anxiety, this research is still in early stages, and the FDA has not yet approved it as a safe and effective drug.]
I just wanted to put another name and face to marijuana. There are so many health benefits. And this really has been changing people's lives and changing the medical industry.
I think a lot of kids, instead of being put on pills when they were younger because they're battling depression and anxiety...maybe smoking weed would help them like it's helped me. It's helped me so much with anxiety and depression.
What would you say to people who are resistant, or having a hard time breaking down the stigma around cannabis?
I think if you are looking to change your life, and you're dealing with anxiety and depression, and you're trying all these different things and they're not working and you aren't happy...why not try marijuana? I mean, why not try it? You might as well, and I think obviously with the stigma, it's just going to get easier over time.
People on Twitter have been commending you for staying friends with your exes. How do you do that?
In my book, I never fully understand when someone's like, "Oh, I got a tattoo with somebody." And then, they break up and they're like, "I hate this tattoo. This tattoo makes me sick when I look at it." I never understood that unless you really, really dislike that person. Like, they cheated on you, or they fucked up your relationship with your parents.
I have a few tattoos with an ex, and I would never get them taken off. I don't know, I don't look at it like that. When it's with my ex, and we're breaking up, I'm a walkin' on eggshells bitch. I'm never going to be too mean, or say some shit that I can't take back because I am a sensitive girl. You've gotta be careful.
I've only had one really bad breakup, but it's always nice in the sense of, "it is what it is, and if we breakup, we breakup. It's going to suck, and it's going to break my heart and it's going to break yours. But it's not going to be the craziest thing ever." I just want to be friends with all my exes.
You have opened up about being pansexual and having polyamorous relationships. What is it like to balance dating two people at once?
Obviously, dating two people at once is a little difficult. I’m just with Ben now, so I’m not seeing any girl currently. If you're gonna date a guy and a girl at the same time, those people have to really fuck with each other. Or literally fuck with each other. You know what I'm saying? It's like, it really depends on finding the right mesh of two people.
If it works, you can spend a weekend with two people and you're all hanging out and having fun and smoking, and like, sharing stories up late at night. Kind of having fun acting like children in that way. It's a really fun experience and I have been able to capture that a couple times, and I just love that idea. I love loving two people at once. I love sharing stories with three people in one room. So, I'm always trying to find ways to make it work because I think it really would make me happy.
Has it been difficult to find partners that want to be in a relationship like that?
A lot of my partners start out like “what?” and I’m like, “Bro, this is who I am.” So, you’re either down or you're not down and I totally understand if you're not down. At this point in my life, I want to find what makes me the happiest, and that is the mission I am on. If you don't want to be on that mission with me, then okay, I totally understand. If it will hurt you too much, then we're not right for each other at this moment in my life because this is what I'm looking for.
A lot of people are actually down and it totally changes their mind. At first they're like, gasp, how do you even do that And then we talk it through and they're like, "Wow, that actually sounds kind of beautiful."
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