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Bella Thorne claims she was ‘pitted against’ Zendaya when they starred on Shake It Up

‘It fed into our heads and made us not be friends’: Bella Thorne claims she was ‘pitted against’ Zendaya while starring on Disney’s Shake It Up

Bella Thorne has admitted she felt as if she was ‘pitted against’ her co-star Zendaya when they first appeared on Disney’s Shake It Up.

The actress, 23, who starred on the sitcom from 2010 to 2013, said she was reluctant to befriend her co-star, 24, during the show’s first season as they were repeatedly compared to one another.

Bella went onto add that she learned to ‘block out’ the comparisons being made between her and Zendaya, and they became close friends during the show’s later years.

At odds? Bella Thorne has admitted she felt as if she was ‘pitted against’ her co-star Zendaya when they first appeared on Disney’s Shake It Up (pictured in 2010)

Bella told US Weekly: ‘We had to deal with that so much on Shake It Up. 

‘It’s like we said [in] a couple interviews when we were younger, how we explained how in the first season we weren’t friends and it took us those other two seasons of becoming so close. 

‘[It was hard] not having someone pitted against you [before] and then all of a sudden, now everyone is pitting you against each other. That fed into our heads. It made us not [be] friends in that first season.’ 

Shake It Up saw Bella and Zendaya star as teenage best friends CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, who land jobs dancing on their favourite TV series.

Outspoken: The actress said she was reluctant to befriend her co-star during the show's first season as they were repeatedly compared to one another

Outspoken: The actress said she was reluctant to befriend her co-star during the show’s first season as they were repeatedly compared to one another

Throwback: Shake It Up saw Bella and Zendaya star as teenage best friends CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, who land jobs dancing on their favourite TV series (pictured in 2010)

Throwback: Shake It Up saw Bella and Zendaya star as teenage best friends CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, who land jobs dancing on their favourite TV series (pictured in 2010)

Since the show ended both actresses have continued to have on-screen success, with Zendaya recently starring in HBO’s Euphoria and the Netflix film Malcolm and Marie and Bella appearing in Famous in Love and Amityville: The Awakening.

Bella added that she and Zendaya went onto become close friends after a candid conversation on set, and they’re still pals nearly eight years after the series ended.

The Infamous star admitted she still doesn’t understand why she and Zendaya are still compared one another, but she’s since learned to ‘block it out and just don’t even listen to the noise.’

Pals: Bella added that she and Zendaya went onto become close friends after a candid conversation on set (pictured 2014)

Pals: Bella added that she and Zendaya went onto become close friends after a candid conversation on set (pictured 2014)

Elsewhere Bella has also joined the adult social media site OnlyFans, and it was previously revealed she made $1 million in just 24 hours, by charging her fans and subscribers $20 (£15) per month for the paid-for content available on the site.

Bella previously revealed she decided to join OnlyFans because she can ‘fully control’ her ‘image’, be herself, and not have to worry about bullies.

She explained: ‘OnlyFans is the first platform where I can fully control my image; without censorship, without judgement, and without being bullied online for being me.’

The former Disney star filmed a racy video to announce she had joined OnlyFans, in which she posed in a bikini and donned a diamond choker necklace featuring the word ‘sex’.

Racy: Elsewhere Bella has also joined the adult social media site OnlyFans, and it was previously revealed she made $1 million in just 24 hours

Racy: Elsewhere Bella has also joined the adult social media site OnlyFans, and it was previously revealed she made $1 million in just 24 hours

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