The Rock Discusses 'Battle' with Depression, Mother's Attempted Suicide

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2018

In this Dec. 8, 2014 photo, Dwayne
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During an interview with Mike Parker of the Express, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson spoke about his mother's attempted suicide when he was 15 years old and the depression he's "battled" at points in his life.

"She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars were swerving out of the way. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road," he said. "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, "I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly."

Johnson also recounted several other moments in his life when he struggled including when injuries ended his chance at an NFL career, only lasting one year in the Canadian Football League and his girlfriend breaking up with him shortly thereafter.

"That was my absolute worst time," he said. 

And when a fan reached out to Johnson and revealed a struggle with depression, Johnson responded, "I hear you. I’ve battled that beast more than once."

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Johnson's career obviously took a turn for the positive, with his long stint in the WWE as "The Rock" and his subsequent acting career. And he also noted he's received positive responses for talking about his own struggles (warning: NSFW language)

Finally, he revealed that he and his mother have both since "healed," but added, "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."