Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is now revealing a secret battle with depression that everyone doesn’t know about already. Radar Online shared what he had to say in a recent interview with Oprah, where Dwayne revealed all. Now Dwayne Johnson is revealing that for a large part of his life, he dealt with depression and even felt hopeless and alone.
Dwayne is now speaking out about his battle and wants to let everyone who deal with this know that it will be okay. Depression is hard to deal with, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a survivor.
“I found that with depression one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it, you’re not going to be the last to go through it and oftentimes you feel like you’re alone and you feel like it’s only you and you’re in your bubble. I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay.’ “
At the young age of 23, Dwayne Johnson was rejected by the NFL and then cut by the Canadian Football League. This is part of what made him start to feel depressed, and things were not going as planned for him. Johnson did get a call to play football, but Johnson turned it down and decided to be a pro-wrestler instead, just like his dad did.
Johnson’s dad didn’t think that this was a good idea at all, though. “The Rock” remembers what his dad said to him at the time.
“He said, ‘You are throwing it all away. It is the worst mistake you will ever make. You’re ruining your career,’ I said, ‘Maybe I’ll be no good, but I feel like, in my heart, I have to do this.’ “
Now, years later, Dwayne Johnson is doing great and is very happy with his life. Johnson has found a way to overcome his depression. He wants everyone to know that they can do it too, and shared details.
“You’ve just got to remember, hold on to that fundamental quality of faith, have faith, and on the other side of your pain is something good.”
ABC News shared that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson actually saved his mother’s life at the young age of just 15. His parents got into a fight, and then they pulled over. He was in another car behind them and saw his father pull over and his mom got out and started to walk. This is when things ended up going downhill, but luckily Dwayne was right behind them. Dwayne Johnson shared about it all.
“She had a glazed look over her eyes that I had never seen before. And she walks right into the middle of I-65 and continues to walk down into incoming traffic. And my heart stopped. Horns were blowing and cars were swerving out of the way.”
Johnson then got out of the car he was in and grabbed his mother, getting her off the road and saving her life. His mother actually doesn’t remember it happening or anything about it. This is something that shaped his life and that “The Rock” will never forget from his childhood.
— Rich Cruse (@RichOnOWN) November 14, 2015
Dwayne Johnson will be sharing all tonight on Oprah’s Master Class, and this is one episode that you do not want to miss. Johnson is going to talk about things you have never heard before, including his battle with depression. This will air on Sunday, November 15, at 8 p.m. EST. Don’t miss this chance to get to know things all about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that he has never shared before.
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