He is one of the hardest working men in Hollywood. An actor loved by practically everyone, with one of the best resumés of recent movies within the industry.
However, even Dwayne Johnson is human, evidently, as he opened up with a previously hidden secret battle with mental health issues.
The 45-year-old actor and former WWE wrestler revealed in a recent interview with The Express how he has been struggling with depression for decades.
Johnson revealed how his depression started when he was living in poverty as a child, and how it all started after witnessing his mother, Afa, attempt suicide when he was fifteen years old.
“She got out of the car on the Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic”, Johnson admitted.
“Big rigs and cars were swerving out the way. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.
Whats crazy about that [suicide attempt] is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.
I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”
The article, which was shared by Johnson himself, and a lot of people were more than happy to see such a high-class individual open up about something that affects so many people.
Johnson Tweeted saying;
“Got tons of responses to this. Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone”
The declaration by the former world wrestling champion was met with warm messages and messages of surprise that someone as openly motivated in life and work and as warm and charitable as he is could suffer so much, which just goes to show how conditions and issues like depression can and do affect anyone at anytime regardless of their social standing or popularity.
Johnson was able to channel his suffering into being as motivated as he is now.
“We both healed but we’ve always got to do ourbest to pay attention when other people are in pain,” the star said. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”
If you or someone you know may be suffering, there is help out there available. Talking to family, friends, loved ones, or those you trust can be a good place to start. There are plenty of organisations who can offer support whenever and however possible. In the UK, we have the NHS and the Samaritans (call 116 123, any time of day or night, 24/7) amongst other organisations. There is help out there, and you are not alone.