Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has opened up for the first time about his secret battle with depression.
via Page Six:
He confessed that the bouts of low mood started when he was living in poverty as a child – and witnessed his mother, Ata, attempt suicide when he was just fifteen years old.
Speaking to the Express, he revealed: “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.”
Dwayne admits that his mom was in such a state during the attempt that she doesn’t even recall trying to take her own life.
“She has no recollection of it whatsoever,” he admitted. “Probably best she doesn’t.”
Recollecting that time as his “worst point,” Dwayne added: “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”
“We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he added. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”
The former wrestler, who is now one of the biggest paid Hollywood stars in the world, even reached out to Davina McCall last year over Twitter following her marriage split.
He told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “Davina seems like she has a lot of positive energy herself, because saying nice things about others is a big sign that you are confident in yourself.”
“She is going through a difficult time at the moment, so my advice to her is to just keep on going.”
“I’ve been there, I have been in a dark place, and if there’s one thing she needs it is to talk things out, because nobody should be suffering in silence.”
“Talking it through and not going through it alone is half the battle won.”
Dwayne is now expecting his second daughter with girlfriend Lauren Hashian.
The couple, who have been together since 2006, already have a two-year-old daughter named Jasmine.
Hopefully Dwayne’s story can help someone else with whatever they may be going through.