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    Updated on Sep 12, 2020. Posted on Sep 11, 2020

    Bella Thorne Spoke Out About How People Have Been Pitting Her And Zendaya Against Each Other

    "I love her."

    Bella Thorne and Zendaya have been good friends for a decade now, thanks to their 2010 Disney Channel show Shake It Up! But that hasn't stopped some people from concocting an imaginary competition between them.

    Actors Zendaya (L) and Bella Thorne attend the premiere of Disney's "Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
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    Bella called out this exact thing two years ago when one publication posted a "#beautybattle" between her and Zendaya — and now she's doing it again.

    Beauty battle? That’s not right. Damn it’s been years and people still wanna pin us against each other in some way. :( love you z https://t.co/NihQntDmas

    When Bella did a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight to promote her new Netflix film The Babysitter: Killer Queen, she spoke out about how people have been wrongfully pitting her against Zendaya for years.

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    After the interviewer suggested that Bella's and Zendaya's careers "get pitted against each other," Bella replied, "I think that's what people love to do."

    Actresses Zendaya (L) and Bella Thorne attend the Teen Choice Awards 2015
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    "I think people love pitting women against each other," she said. "It's always this and that. It's been happening to me and Zendaya since we started the damn show. It's no surprise."

    Bella Thorne (L) and Zendaya Coleman attend the 11th Annual Mattel Party
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    "When you've got women and you're growing up in the same market — even just as well other Disney stars; even if they're not on the same show — you still get pitted against each other."

    Actresses Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman pose in the green room at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards
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    Bella just tunes this out, though: "I honestly don't read articles, because I'm not going to waste my time hearing their negativity and whatnot. I have better things to fill my head with — with growth, real growth."

    Actors Bella Thorne and Zendaya arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Blended
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    "I think that when people are just really negative, it's harder to grow."

    Bella is always rooting for Zendaya, especially with the upcoming Emmys, where the Euphoria actor is up for the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series: "I just hope she fucking wins."

    "The show is amazing," Bella shared. "I love Sam Levinson. I love her, so I'm gonna have my fingers crossed the whole entire time. I'm going to be waiting for this acceptance speech!"

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    Hard same.

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