Movie Actor Dwayne Johnson Reveals Battle With Depression, Mother’s Suicide Attempt
I made a post addressing this earlier, if you’d like to see that.
By Lisa Respers France, CNN
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has revealed that times have been harder for him than fans know.
In an interview with “Express,” the movie star talked of battling depression.
“Struggle and pain is real,” he said. “I was devastated and depressed.”
Johnson said he went through a dark period years ago when injuries ended his dreams of playing professional football.
He was released within a year of signing with the Canadian Football League and shortly after his then-girlfriend broke up with him, Johnson said.
But Johnson said the worst time came when he was a teenager and his mother, Ata Johnson, attempted suicide after they lost their apartment.
….. The “Rampage” star says both he and his mother have gone on to find happiness, and she has blocked the memory of her then 15-year-old saving her from swerving cars and trucks.
Dwayne Johnson shared his personal battle with depression in a new interview, revealing that he was “crying constantly” at one point.
Speaking to the Express, Johnson talked about the challenges he’s faced in maintaining his mental health. “Struggle and pain is real,” he said. “I was devastated and depressed.”
Johnson hit a low point, he said, when injuries shattered his dreams of playing professional football. He was let go from the Canadian Football League within a year of signing, and shortly after that, his then-girlfriend broke up with him.
“I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere,” he told the Express. “I was crying constantly.”
Johnson, who is on the press tour for his upcoming action film “Rampage,” has opened up about painful memories from his past before. In February, he posted a picture on Instagram of him standing in front of a tombstone on the set of his HBO show “Ballers.”
In the caption, Johnson wrote that the scene was about his character’s brother committing suicide. “We’ve all been there on some level or another,” he said. He explained that his mother attempted suicide when he was 15 by walking into oncoming traffic. Johnson said he pulled his mother to side of the road.
…After seeing the support he has received from talking about his depression, Johnson tweeted, “depression never discriminates.” He added, “Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up.”