Bella Thorne took less than an hour to have Instagram questioning her latest post today. The 22-year-old actress, singer, and “Life of a Wannabe Mogul” author is currently making headlines for jetting out to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico after finally reuniting with boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo after nearly five months apart.
Bella’s Tuesday update showed off a mind-blowing bikini body and the former Disney star’s love of designer merch, but it was the caption – Bella called herself “Latina” – that seemed to cause problems. Scroll for the drama and the photos.
Bella’s latest street photos are below. The above snap came shortly after Bella and Italian pop star Mascolo arrived at their luxurious Mexico resort – they’ve picked the destination because Mascolo isn’t “allowed” into the U.S. yet.
Bella’s snaps were candids. They showed the redhead on sundrenched streets in a tiny Dior bikini and black denim shorts. Flags in the background, palms, and major vacay vibes came with a caption seeing Bella shout out her heritage. Bella spoke out in 2015 about her Cuban roots. More below.
Bella’s caption read: “Being Latina I love learning about all the different Latin cultures, can’t wait to go to Cuba ? MY PEOPLE!!”
Bella, followed by 23.3 million and having recently sparked major engagement rumors as she posed with a visible ring and a now-edited ring emoji caption, had her fans commenting. Quickly gaining likes was a remark reading:
“I love you bella but you were born in the us, that your parents are ‘latinos’ doesnt mean that you are too.” Scroll for more, plus Bella’s own words on being “part-Cuban.”
Bella, born Annabella to a mother of mostly Italian descent and a Cuban father, seemed to see fans unaware of her heritage. Back in 2015, Bella was asked by Glamour how she chooses to respond when people “don’t believe” she’s part-Cuban.
“To me, being Latin is about more than your looks—it’s how you’re brought up,” she replied, adding:” I was raised in a very Latin family. My first language was Spanish, but I had to drop it when I started school because of my dyslexia. I still understand it, though, especially since my mom uses Spanish to tell me to take out the trash or do the dishes!”
Replies challenging Bella kept on coming. “You’re Latina?” one fan asked. Another, meanwhile, wrote: “you’re not a Latina if you weren’t born in Latam.” Others seemed confused – “how come it doesn’t come up on the internet that’s quite odd,” one wrote.
It does show up on the internet.
Bella, known for her porcelain skin, is also known for her loud personality, something she addressed when speaking of her heritage. “I’m spicy! That means I’m very quick and I tell it like it is. Latins will call you out if something is not right, and I think that’s important,” she said.
Scroll for Bella’s Mexico shower that wasn’t “suitable” for under 18s.