'The Rock' opens up about his struggles with depression

goss 04/04/2018

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has revealed he's secretly battled the "beast" of depression multiple times.

The WWE legend and Fast and Furious star recently shared a story about witnessing his mother attempting suicide when he was aged 15, prompting "tons of responses".

Johnson, 45, has opened up further in a new interview with The Express and on social media.

"Struggle and pain is real," he said.

"I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly."

Tweeting a link to news coverage over his depression, Johnson also shared how he has most effectively dealt with it.

"We all go through the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realise it, but the key is to not be afraid to open up," he wrote.

"Especially [men] have a tendency to keep it in. You're not alone."

In recent years, Johnson has become the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and been named the sexiest man alive.

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