AceShowbiz - With his look, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson seems so strong and unbreakable. However, he actually has a secret mental health struggle. The wrestler-turned-actor used to battle depression when he was fifteen years old.
In an interview with Express, he revealed that his mother Ata once attempted to take her own life in front of him. The attempt was performed months after they were evicted from their apartment. He recalled, "She got out of the car on the Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars were swerving out the way. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road."
However, his mother does not recall what she did during the attempt, even until today. He admitted, "What's crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn't."
He added, "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."
Years after the suicide attempt, his dream of being a professional football player was ruined after several injuries. He signed with the Canadian Football League and was let go within a year. Not too long after that, he broke up with his girlfriend and he admitted that it "was my absolute worst time."
The 45-year-old actor also admitted that he would have become suicidal like his mother if he had not found inner strength to carry on. He also advised people to help those who are in pain. He said, "We both healed but we've always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone."
A concerned fan recently told him that he was suffering from depression. Dwayne wrote, "I hear you. I've battled that beast more than once."
The former wrestler won the battle and has become one of the biggest paid Hollywood actors in the world. He will next be seen in upcoming "Rampage" as Davis Okoye and "Skyscraper" as Will Sawyer, in addition to producing the pics. He is also the executive producer for "Fighting with My Family", in which he was cast as himself, and 2019's "Shazam!".