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Dove Cameron Gets Candid About Being Not Allowed To 'Be Just As I Am'

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on May 20, 2022 at 10:00 PM EDT

Dove Cameron barred her soul and opened up about how she has been struggling with her identity and working toward self-love.

Cameron, who now identifies as queer, is battling to form a relationship between who the public thinks she is and her real identity.

The Disney personality took to her social media with a raw post detailing how she feels she is not allowed to be herself.

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Dove Cameron Details Struggles With Self-Acceptance In Candid Post

Dove Cameron at 5th Annual InStyle Awards

On Wednesday, May 18, Cameron updated her Instagram page with a carousel of touching selfies with tears streaming down her reddened face, showing that she had been crying for a while.

The "Liv and Maddie" actress wrote that she struggles with the "concept of self" and her inner relationship with who she is and who others perceive her to be. She explained:

"I've been crying a lot lately, sometimes terrorized by my identity and image, sometimes in absolute flow with something new and peripheral and joyous to me."

Cameron admitted to covering up mirrors and feeling "wrong" in outfits that once made her feel beautiful. She noted, "sexuality and performative gender norms, societal rewards and identity are really throwing me for a loop."

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The "Descendants" actress opened up about the negatives of being in the spotlight and tools, including social media, mirrors, branding, and other ways of "broadcasting" one's life. She wrote:

"[They] are not optimal for mental health, clarity of energy, or relationship to our inner world. This is a modern problem not designed with human health in mind."

Cameron admitted that she struggles with these issues more than half of the time and was yet to have all the answers.

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The 26-year-old chalked her decision to be open about her turmoil to the need to maintain a quiet non-judgmental curiosity rather than punish herself for not knowing where she is going or what she is feeling.

The star declared that everyone deserves a life without the burden of societally created identity and to unlearn hatred and self-abuse. She continued:

"I am on that journey now, and I'm sharing so that we may all feel more comfortable in a conversation that may be confusing, and we may navigate something that feels difficult to put to words together."

The "Hairspray Live" actress touched on battling dysphoria and depression, noting that most times, she feels "pulled towards no identity at all." She expressed:

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"I hold a deep seeded belief that who i am is wrong, i am not allowed to be just as i am, i am not meant to be here. i feel i must be something else if i am going to be allowed to be here. and i really do wanna be here with you."

Cameron finds solace in the realization that these dialogues she has with herself are "pretty universal." This gives her hope that social media and fame can help promote change, mutual support, safety, and exploitation.

She concluded saying, "maybe the spaces that are the least human can become the most human if we want that, and maybe we can all take up a little more space."

The "Boyfriend" Singer Talks "The Powerpuff Girls" Live-Action Remake

Last year, CW broke the news that they would be developing a live-action remake of the "Powerpuff Girls" starring Cameron.

The Blast disclosed that the "Cloud 9" actress wants to make sure that she embodies her casting as Bubbles perfectly.

The show is inspired by the original 1998 animated series made by Craig McCracken and would present the classic superheroes Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup as grownup cynical young women living in Townsville.

Cameron told ComicBook that she is treading carefully because she does not want to reveal too much about the show. She continued:

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"Where we’re at right now, I can confidently say, is that the producers and writer Diablo Cody, and everybody involved, their last communication with me is that they’re very, very, very pleased in a way that we were all not.”

The "Boyfriend" singer noted that the network rejected the show's initial pilot. She explained that there were "99 ways it could have gone wrong and one way it could have gone right."

Cameron said that the producers were close to hitting the nail on the head with the live-action remake but did not quite nail it for several reasons.

"The Powerpuff Girls" was meant to star Chloe Bennet as Blossom, Dove Cameron as Bubbles, and Yama Perrault as Buttercup. Unfortunately, Bennet quit after the pilot’s rejection, leading to a delay in production.

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