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Bella Thorne attends Global Road Entertainment's world premiere of "Midnight Sun" at ArcLight Hollywood on March 15, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Bella Thorne attends Global Road Entertainment's world premiere of "Midnight Sun" at ArcLight Hollywood on March 15, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Zendaya (L) and Bella Thorne attend the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "John Carter" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Zendaya (L) and Bella Thorne attend the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "John Carter" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Bella Thorne attends Day One of 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on August 19, 2017 in Wantagh City.  (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine)

Bella Thorne attends Day One of 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on August 19, 2017 in Wantagh City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine)

Bella Thorne attends the Refinery29 Third Annual 29Rooms: Turn It Into Art event on September 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Refinery29)

Bella Thorne attends the Refinery29 Third Annual 29Rooms: Turn It Into Art event on September 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Refinery29)

Bella Thorne on Instagram

Bella Thorne on Instagram

Bella Thorne on Instagram

Bella Thorne on Instagram

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Bella Thorne attends Global Road Entertainment's world premiere of "Midnight Sun" at ArcLight Hollywood on March 15, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Is there any internet rabbit hole more compelling or affecting than a tumble into the strange and misunderstood world of Bella Thorne?

The 21-year-old is not only at the nexus of a confusing world of YouTubers, Instagram influencers and weirdo celebrity hangers-on (such as Gen-Y superstar Jake Paul or the rapper Mod Sun), but an actress, musician, poet and sometime agony aunt. She is also a pot-smoking, truth-telling and perpetually half-naked role model to some of the wisest and least judgemental children raised by the internet today.

And while to many, she personifies the trope of ‘Disney child star gone off the rails’, Thorne is also one of the most important superstars those outside of social media have never even heard of.


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