In the small town of Tipton, Iowa, 17-year-old Jacob Stallman is drawing national attention for standing up against to bullying – something he’s been dealing with since middle school.
“I was really short and really fat,” Jacob said. “All of a sudden, I was growing super-fast, like Hulk, and my belly went down. I was like, ‘So the bullying stops here ‘cause they can’t call me fat anymore.’”
The weight loss didn’t end the bullying, however.
But after losing weight, the bullying It only got worse after Jacob came out as gay to a friend at school in the seventh grade.
“There was the whole middle school effect where you told one person they told another, and they told someone – next day at school, it was a hot topic,” Jacob said. “Then I was bullied ‘cause I was gay, ever since.”
The bullying carried into high school. His mother, Tania, noticed something was wrong early on.
“Before, we had several talks—we were very, very close,” Tania said. “And then when he started having trouble when he was in 6th and 7th grade, he became more angry, somewhat withdrawn. Our special talks that we had become few and far between.”
Eventually, Tania says her son broke down in front of her – and confessed that he was a victim of persistent bullying.
LOS ANGELES – Oscar De La Hoya is latest Hollywood personality to complete 90 days in rehab for substance abuse problems.
According to a source connected to the troubled former boxer and founder of combat sports promotional firm, Golden Boy Promotions, the three months were spent at the swanky Cliffside Malibu rehab facility, also recently frequented by party girl Lindsay Lohan.
De La Hoya, 40, was released about two weeks ago.
“Oscar is doing really well and is now going to lots of (AA) meetings and determined to follow his after care program,” a De La Hoya insider told FOX411.