Dwayne Johnson opens up about his battle with depression: report


By Mike Scott

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would appear to have a perfect life. His big-screen career is going gangbusters, he's one of the world's most famous professional wrestlers -- and, quite frankly, everybody loves him.

But even The Rock has had his darker moments, including a struggle with depression, which he opened up about in an interview published Sunday (April 1) by British paper The Express. "Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed," he is quoted as saying. "I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly."

Talking while doing publicity for his upcoming film "Rampage," Johnson revealed that, as a 15-year-old, he witnessed his mother attempt suicide in the wake of their eviction from their apartment.

"She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic," he said. "I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road" as cars and big rigs swerved to avoid hitting her.

"What's crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever," he said. "Probably best she doesn't."

Things reached rock bottom for him a few years later when the former college football player's dreams of going pro dissolved after a series of injuries. It was about that time that his girlfriend broke up with him. "That was my absolute worst time," he said.

But, he said, he -- and his mother -- found a way to carry on. "We both healed but we've always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain," he said. "We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone." 

The sci-fi action film "Rampage," in which Johnson stars, is scheduled for wide release on April 13.

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