Bella Thorne paid homage to her late father on the anniversary of his death on Wednesday.
“The Life of a Wannabe Mogul” author penned a special message to her dad, Delancey Reinaldo “Rey” Thorne and shared several throwback pictures with her millions of fans. Bella’s father tragically died in a motorcycle accident when she was just 9-years-old, an event that would shape her childhood and her career.
“Today you died And tomorrow we are left with just the remnants of you..I hope ur floating in the sky somewhere or as that beautiful bird u always wanted to be…” Thorne wrote on social media.
“I want to say time heals but it’s been years and I still feel very broken with out[sic] you, please stop by my dreams tonight so I can say hello,” the actress concluded her heartfelt message.
The death of Bella’s father not only tremendously affected her personally, it pretty much sent their family into poverty. In fact, she confessed that her family’s need for money was the only reason she acted in the hit Disney show, “Shake It Up.”
“Do you think that I wanted to be a Disney girl? Did you think I wanted to do that? We were about to live physically on the street if I didn’t have that role,” she emotionally said on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast in 2017.
“We were living off Stouffer’s coupons, and that’s all we had to eat every day. That may not sound like a big deal to everybody, but when you’re a single mom raising four kids with debt and you have nothing to your name, it’s f—ing s—-y.”
Bella continued her rant by saying that auditioning for any Disney project was not her idea.
“I didn’t want to audition for Shake It Up!” she added. “I literally said in my audition, ‘I don’t sing. I don’t dance. I’m basically tone-deaf, and I’m not funny. So I don’t know why I’m here.’ And everybody just started laughing. They all thought it was a joke.”
Since she lost her dad at such a young age, she missed out on a lot of her father’s influence and the influence of his Latin heritage. Earlier this year, Bella expressed her desire to reconnect with that part of her past.
“Being Cuban/Latin in most people’s eyes means having dark eyes, dark hair, and dark skin, I’m naturally blonde I have hazel brown eyes and I try not to go in the sun because skin cancer runs in my family,” Bella wrote in the caption of her post. “I put an effect on this video, and looking at it I like me looking tan with darker hair.”
The former Disney star admitted that the opinions of others have kept her from embracing all parts of her culture.
“Honestly I wish I looked more Latin so I could feel more Latin so I could feel closer to my father and be prouder of my heritage…to wear my heritage on my skin,” she said. “it’s just hard sometimes when no one thinks u are who u are…and everyone wants u to be something else :/ I LOVE MY CUBAN HERITAGE.”