“I was crying constantly”: Dwayne Johnson Reveals His Horrific Battle With Depression Before Finding Fame and Success in the Rings of WWE

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Dwayne Johnson, also known for his wrestling persona The Rock, has made a name for himself as a WWE and Hollywood star. The wrestler-turned-actor has talked about the struggles he went through during his career transition from wrestling to Hollywood. Johnson came over the obligations and established himself as one of the biggest and highest-paid actors in the industry. He is loved by his fans all around the world and was also highly praised for speaking openly about mental health struggles.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson
Dwayne Johnson

During a 2018 interview with The Express, the Black Adam star talked about how he struggled with depression long before he was a successful WWE and Hollywood star.

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Dwayne Johnson Opens About His Depression Struggles

While promoting his 2018 sci-fi film Rampage, Dwayne Johnson opened up about his battle with depression. It was also around the time he shared an Insta post, talking about his mother’s suicide attempt and how it affected him.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

The Rampage star shared that he knows struggle and pain are real, as he went through the same at a time in his life. He said, “Struggle and pain is real.” He also shared that as he struggled with depression, he did not want to go anywhere and do anything and used to constantly cry.

“I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

The Rock with his mother
The Rock with his mother

He also talked about how he was just 15 when his mother got out of the car and started walking into the “oncoming traffic.” But he grabbed her hand and pulled her back. The Rock shared that his mother has no “recollection” of what she attempted that day. However, he is also glad that she doesn’t remember doing such a thing.


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Dwayne Johnson Urged to Help People With Mental Struggle

In his Instagram post, Dwayne Johnson shared that he decided to share the story after he filmed a scene for the HBO series Ballers, where a character goes to visit the grave of a friend who committed suicide. In his post, he shared that filming the heart-whelming scene reminded him that “We always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain.”

A still from Ballers
A still from Ballers

He urged others to help people who are in pain or are going through a rough patch in their life and remind them that they are not alone. The Jungle Cruise star said, “Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle, and remind ‘em that they’re not alone.” His post was received very positively, and other than his fans many in Hollywood also praised the actor for opening up about mental health struggles.


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Source: The Express


Written by Laxmi Rajput

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.