Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson spills on how his tough childhood helped shape the man he is today.
THE SUPERSTAR OPENS UP ABOUT FAMILY LIFE AND CONQUERING HIS PERSONAL DEMONS
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Johnson is the highest paid actor of all time‚ earning almost $70 million last year alone. But the former WWE superstar, 46, will be the first to tell you that his rise to the top was anything but easy. “[My childhood] was my absolute worst time,” admitted the Rampage actor, who grew up extremely poor, and was at one point homeless after he and his mom, Ata, were evicted from their apartment. “I was crying constantly. I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck.” Dwayne hit rock bottom at 15, when his beloved mother tried to kill herself in front of him. “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.” After the incident, the Moana star spiraled into a dark place. “I was devastated and depressed. I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere,” he said, noting that “depression never discriminates.” Dwayne and his mom overcame their demons, but it’s a time they’ll never forget. “I wouldn’t have changed anything that happened because it certainly shaped me,” he proudly said. “I’m grateful to the bone.”
What’s shaped Dwayne’s life the most is fatherhood. “It’s a miracle,” said the actor, who’s dad to Jasmine, 2, and Tiana, 6 months, with his girlfriend of 11 years, Lauren Hashian, and daughter Simone, 17, from a previous relationship. “[I’m] blessed and proud to [be a father to three] strong girls.” But the Baywatch star admits that babies have put the brakes on his wedding plans. “We were going to get married [last] spring and we got pregnant," explained Dwayne, adding that Laure, 34, didn't want to have a baby bump in their wedding pictures. "So we're not quite sure when [it'll happen,] but I know it's going to." We're sure it'll be worth the wait!
HIS ROCK “Lauren does it all with a big genuine smile and is truly the kindest and sweetest soul you’ll ever meet,” Dwayne’s gushed of his longtime love.