I battled depression for 30 years: Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson popularly referred to as ‘The Rock' has opened up on a secret battle with depression that he has been harbouring for 30 years.

Despite being Hollywood's highest paid actor and a global superstar after a successful wrestling career, Johnson had a tough upbringing.
The 6ft 5in Johnson said his mother tried to commit suicide
after they were evicted from their apartment – and it left a mark on him.

Johnson told the Express, "She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into an oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars were swerving out of the way.

"Struggle and pain is real. 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."

Despite being just 15, Johnson told how he saved her from the road by pulling her back but his battles didn't stop there.

Years after his dream of becoming a professional American Football player were shattered by a succession of injuries. His girlfriend then broke up with him, a period which Johnson called his "absolute worst time."

But he battled back.

After carving a successful career as a WWE wrestling, he moved on to acting with such films as Fast and Furious, the new Jumanji  and his latest offering, Rampage.

But he never forgot his battles. When a fan recently told him he was suffering depression, Johnson answered: "I hear you. I've battled that beast more than once."

The Rock, 45, from Hayward, California, was last seen in WWE defeating Erick Rowan in a record-breaking six seconds at WrestleMania 32.

Earlier this month he responded to Roman Reigns calling him out for a WrestleMania showdown … with a metaphorical ‘just bring it'.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest-ever WWE talents, The Rock was named the world's highest-paid actor and one of the planet's 100 most influential people in 2016.


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