Quaden Bayles broke the hearts of millions of people last month when he was filmed saying he wanted to kill himself as a result of relentless bullying.
The youngster quickly went viral, with people from all over the world sending him their love and support.
But despite all the love he received, there was also a lot of hate, with many claiming that Quaden was actually an eighteen-year-old, not a young and innocent child.
And now, Quaden has addressed the deceitful rumors with solid evidence of his real age. Keep scrolling to see his video for yourself...
Quaden's mom has taken a stand against bullies.Yarraka Bayles, from Brisbane, Australia, recently posted a video where she showed the aftermath of a bullying incident that took place at her son's school.
She shared the post warning other people against the dangers of bullying.In the six-minute clip, you can see Quaden, her son who has dwarfism, crying and talking about his school experiences, saying he's considered "the dumbest kid in class."
At one point, he even tells his mother that he wants to kill himself.In the distressing video, he says: "Give me a rope, I want to kill myself" and 'I just want to stab myself in the heart... I want someone to kill me." Apparently, other children have been calling him "midget" and tapping his head and pointing out his differences.
His heartbroken mom says this:"We try to be as strong as positive as possible and only share the highlights... but this is how bullying affects a [...] kid."
She continues..."I just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal and I want people to know this is the effect bullying has. This is what bullying does. So can you please educate your children, your families, your friends because all it takes is one more instance... and you wonder why kids are killing themselves."
She also pleaded for help as her voice quivered..."So is there any advice or support or anything that other parents have done? I've got some good advice but I need more, I want people to know how much it is hurting us as a family."
She mentioned that this isn't the first time Quaden has talked about suicide.His distraught mom recalled that the first time he tried to kill himself. It's heartbreaking to think of anyone suffering like this, never mind a child.
Quaden has been through many life-changing events...He was deeply affected by the death of his grandfather and his little brother, who was stillborn. His mother revealed that he thinks he would be better off with them in heaven.
This heartbreaking story has really raised some important questions...The video has since been viewed over eighteen million times, and the surge of support has been overwhelming for the family.
However, this does not take away Quaden's pain...His mother is out for answers. As she continues being an activist for these kinds of issues, she plans on raising more awareness for other people, especially children who have dwarfism.
The response to her post has been huge.And many celebrities and sports stars alike have been amongst those offering their support.
The Indigenous All Stars NRL team reached out to the family...And incredibly, invited Quaden to walk them onto the pitch at one of their upcoming games.
And that isn't all...Comedian, Brad Williams, who suffers from dwarfism himself, got wind of the heartbreaking story and decided to do something about it.
He wanted to send Quaden and his family to Disney Land.Writing on the Go Fund Me page that he created, Williams explained... "I'm setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy."
The petition has surpassed its original goal of $10,000...And is close to reaching a staggering $500,000. At the time of writing, the number stands at $460,855 from over 20,000 donors.
Tributes from celebs all over the world have also been pouring in.
I just wanted to share an update on Quaden Bayles. I just spoke to his amazing mom, Yarraka, over the phone. She ha… https://t.co/VKLYsJ4cTr— Chatri Sityodtong (@Chatri Sityodtong)1582281699.0
And the kindness didn't stop there...The video is increasing in views by the minute, and Australia's National Treasure Hugh Jackman has spoken out about it.
Hugh posted an emotional video on Twitter...
Quaden - you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga https://t.co/8dr3j2z8Sy https://t.co/jyqtZYC953— Hugh Jackman (@Hugh Jackman)1582221132.0
These selfless acts of kindness are not only heartwarming...But they are also empowering, and they are showing Quaden that he isn't alone and he has a strong support group around him.
And last week, Quaden finally spoke out with some advice...Quaden wanted to give some helpful advice to anyone else who might be sharing the same experiences as he did when the video was taken.
This is what he said...
But, despite all the love, there's been a sick rumor spreading around the internet...For some reason, people on the internet began spreading a sick rumor that Quaden was actually a rich and famous eighteen-year-old, who was just doing this for even more fame and money.
People think his mom is in on it...They think they're both trying to exploit the kind hearts of the public - and last night 'He's 18' even became the most top trending search on Twitter, along with some suspicious photographs of the youngster wearing designer clothes and posing with wads of cash... which are questionable, we must say.
Does anybody know of a 9-year-old to pose like this?
People claimed they had proof he is eighteen...And that proof is a picture of Quaden standing in front of a large "18" decoration. But Quaden's mom spoke out saying the 18th decoration was for Quaden's older brother... Obviously.
She wrote online..."My boy recently turned eighteen and my other children are in this pic, so now we know where people have gotten the idea that Quaden Bayles is eighteen WHEN HE IS 9 YRS OLD SAME AGE AS MY SON. Get ur facts right before making your opinions public."
She shared another woman's post too...Which slammed anyone for questioning his age in the first place.
Don't believe rumors on the Internet...
@RealJamesWoods Quayden is getting some serious support now from the gofundme, Aussie Indigenous Rugby, and the Bos… https://t.co/2wZsznIKmt— Pileated Guy (@Pileated Guy)1582265385.0
Such as this...Quaden's mother posted that he was sixteen days old back in 2010.
And then there was this...A television appearance of the pair when Quaden was 4 showed him playing with toys... and we must say, he was clearly just a small child.
And as for that "wine" photo?Well, it had been cropped to remove the sparkling apple soda that Quaden was actually drinking.
But despite the hard evidence...
Despite Quaden's good-natured humor...
Those peddling rumors of Quaden Bayles “finessing” the internet as an 18 year old are equally as bad as the bullies… https://t.co/Ca5iK0l7IA— Ovie (@Ovie)1582388352.0
People are still convinced that Quaden is older than he says he is...
@Dwarf_Mamba It is always wonderful to see a part of the internet come together out of their goodwill for the vulne… https://t.co/wckV2gZazY— друг (@друг)1582311648.0