Dwayne Johnson opens up on depression and suicide

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has shared for the first time the story behind his battle with depression.

The highest-paid actor in Hollywood spoke to the Sunday Express about his mother’s suicide attempt, his crushed dream of being a professional American football player and the struggle that followed.

The interview received high praise from his fans, which prompted the Rampage star to thank them on Twitter.

“Got tons of responses to this,” the former professional wrestler wrote.

“Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/s*** and depression never discriminates.

“Took me a long time to realise it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”

In the interview, Johnson told the story of how his mother Ata tried to kill herself in front of him after the two were evicted from their house.