Biography

Annabella Avery Thorne (born October 8, 1997), is an American actress, singer, director, and former child model.

Thorne was born in the Miami suburb of Pembroke Pines, Florida, to Tamara Thorne (née Beckett) and Delancey Reinaldo “Rey” Thorne. She has three siblings who are also actors. Her father, who was Cuban, died in 2007 in a traffic accident. On her maternal side Thorne is of mostly Italian ancestry, with some Irish, English, Welsh, and German. Thorne has said that she was raised by a single mother who was supporting four children, and that they were very poor, which is why she worked as a child actress, to help support the family.

In a September 2017 appearance on Chelsea, Thorne told Chelsea Handler that she was bullied growing up because she was dyslexic, lived in a suburban area and spoke Spanish as her native language.

In January 2018, Thorne said she had been sexually abused from a young age until she was 14. She did not identify her abuser.

Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade. She was home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had been bullied. She improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and began reading and writing a grade ahead. In an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader magazine, she said she overcame dyslexia by rigorously reading everything she could find, including cereal box labels.

Thorne began her modeling career at six weeks old. She has appeared in over 30 commercials, including Neutrogena and Texas Instruments.

Thorne is an avid supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa. She also joined PETA in encouraging people to boycott and protest SeaWorld, acknowledging that as a child she appeared in a commercial for the theme park.

Thorne began dating English actor Gregg Sulkin in 2015, however the relationship ended in August 2016. In August 2016, Thorne came out initially as bisexual. She was in a polyamorous relationship with both musician Mod Sun and internet personality Tana Mongeau, dating Mongeau from September 2017 to February 2019. Since April 2019, Thorne has been in a relationship with Italian singer Benjamin Mascolo of pop duo Benji & Fede. In July 2019, Thorne eventually identified herself as pansexual.

In June 2019, Thorne had intimate photos of herself hacked and was subsequently threatened with extortion by the hackers, leading her to release the photographs publicly.