When she was fourteen, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she sang in Burbank High School's National Championship Show Choir. Cameron has stated that she is of French descent and that she speaks some French. She is also of Russian, Slovak and Hungarian descent. She has stated she was bullied through her entire school experience, starting in fifth grade, through the end of high school. Regardless of the pressure at school and fitting in, she stayed focused on her dreams of becoming successful in entertainment: "I became very passionate about [becoming an actress and singer]. I fully immersed myself". Her father died in 2011 when she was 15 years old, and she and her family learned that he was gay. She changed her legal name to Dove in honor of her father who called her by that nickname.