Dwayne Johnson has opened up about his heartbreaking personal struggles during a recent appearance on a podcast episode.
The star revealed that he has gone through “mental pain” at multiple times in his life, and urged others to share their own experiences of mental health struggles. Fans have responded to the news with total heartbreak…
As we know, Dwayne Johnson is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world.
With his staggering 6 ft 5 inches, 260 lbs frame, he’d be pretty hard to miss – but it’s his expressive face (and infamous eyebrows) that really set him apart from the rest.
He started out in the world of WWE, where he became one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. This is where Johnson first earned his nickname “The Rock” — thanks to his ring presence. However, he decided to try his hand at acting, knowing there was limited longevity in wrestling.
Johnson successfully transitioned his career into this sphere and is now as well known as an actor as he was as a wrestler, which is pretty impressive.
Since starting his acting endeavor, Johnson has been in a whole host of different titles. He is probably most famous for his performances in the Fast and Furious movies. He plays Luke Hobbs, an intimidating special agent and self-described “ice-cold can of whoop-a**.”
He even made it to Disney. Johnson voiced the demigod Maui in the huge Disney hit Moana — complete with an amazing song and rap which sent the internet into hysterics.
However, as much as it seems the Rock is living the dream, the star recently revealed the details of his heartbreaking personal struggles while appearing on The Pivot.
“I left school, but the interesting thing at the time is, I didn’t know what mental health was. I didn’t know what depression was. I just knew I didn’t want to be there,” he told the podcast, per ABC News.
He continued to reveal that he struggled again when his college football career came to an end, and when he got divorced from his first wife Danny Garcia back in 2008.
Thankfully, the star’s experience these times round was less painful as he knew he had people around him to lean on.
“I knew what it was at that time and luckily I had some friends that I could lean on and say, ‘Hey I’m feeling a little wobbly now. I got a little struggle happening,’” he said.
Johnson continued to discuss how he came around being able to talk about his struggles.
“I’ve worked hard over the years to gain the emotional tools to work through any mental pain that may come to test me. As men, we didn’t talk about it. We just kept our head down and worked through it. Not healthy, but it’s all we knew,” he shared.
“If you’re going through your own version of mental wellness turning into mental hell-ness, the most important thing you can do is talk to somebody,” he said. “Having the courage to talk to someone is your superpower.”
Fans of the Rock have taken to the comments section to send their prayers to the star.
“So happy that the Rock finally made it to the Pivot. Great conversation and it’s so good to see men open up about these topics on mental illness,” one person wrote.
Another said: “I love this episode! I’ve been struggling with depression since 2021, from Michael Beasley to The Rock episode. You guys really made me a better man. Thank you.”
A third wrote: “Definitely one of the best podcast episodes I’ve ever watched. Great questions and you can tell the Rock has a limitless amount of experience and stories that made him who he is today.”