Dwayne Johnson Reveals Depression Battle, Mother’s Suicide Attempt

Depression is an illness that millions battle, and it can involve a powerful hereditary component. Some feel that it’s like a family curse.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the legendary wrestler-turned-actor known for his sunny disposition and affection for his fans, is opening up about his own experiences with depression.

And revealing that he nearly lost his mother to suicide.

As part of his press tour for Rampage, Johnson opened up in an interview with Express about his secret battle with depression.

And he describes a horrifying moment when, at 15, he nearly lost his mother, Ata.

“She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic.”

That is absolutely horrifying. Fortunately, he was able to save her life at the time.

“I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.”

Though Johnson was already tall and muscular at 15, that’s a heartbreaking scenario for anyone to face with their own mother — particularly when that person is only a teenager.

“What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.”

Depression can impair memory.

Johnson then goes on to reveal how this has impacted him even more personally.

“Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed.”

And he describes some tell-tale symptoms of depression.

“I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

Depression robs people of the ability to enjoy their favorite activities, and can also release inhibitions on the expression of certain negative emotions.

He shares that he and his mother were eventually able to manage their depression.

“We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain.”

But he believes that outreach from people who understand can be the key to helping.

“We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

Johnson has hinted at this struggle in the past.

Once, a fan confessed over social media that they struggled with depression.

Johnson responded at the time, saying:

“I hear you. I’ve battled that beast more than once.”

It’s one thing to have sympathy for a fan for what they’re going to and to then publicly express that. It’s another to share your personal pain to let them know how well you understand their struggle.

Johnson is expecting his second child with his wife, Lauren Hashian.

This beloved actor is cherished by fans for his forthrightness, his ever-present smile, and for destroying stereotypes that say that men with hyper-masculine builds can’t express tenderness, joy, or vulnerability.

His fans adore him with good reason. Since Johnson has threatened to run for President in the past, some people wonder if he might actually have enough popularity and public support to get on a ballot.

Not everyone — even his fans — agree with some of his politics.

But if this last year or so has taught us anything, it’s that America could do far, far worse than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.


Selena Gomez Gets Candid About Depression and Anxiety

Selena Gomez didn’t really take anyone by surprise late last year when she got back together with Justin Bieber.

We always knew those kids would find a way back into each other’s arms and crotches.

But the singer did take us by surprise just a few days ago.

We were stunned to learn earlier this month that Gomez had checked herself into rehab.

Multiple sources confirmed at the time that Selena spent two weeks under the care of professionals, with one insider explaining her decision to E! News as follows:

“She had a difficult year, especially towards the end, and she decided she wanted to spend some time focusing on herself. It was all about wellness and her health.”

It wasn’t the first time she sought such help, either.

In September of 2016, Gomez also checked herself into a similar facility, as she battled at the time against the negative effects of Lupus.

Now, in a cover story for the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the singer opens up like never before about her mental health; where it’s at; and where she knows it will never be.

We’ll let Selena explain…

“I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome.

“There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress – I won!’

“I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else. I’m starting my year off with that thought.

“I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place.”

That’s a very positive attitude for Gomez to take.

Just like being an alcohol, someone who is diagnosed as Depressed is that way for life.

He or she can get better, of course, but there’s no actual cure of any kind.

Gomez has not released a new studio album since 2015.

And it doesn’t sound like we’ll get one this year, either.

“My next album has been forever in the making,” she admits, explaining why as follows:

“When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready.

“I mean, point-blank, I don’t feel confident enough in where my music is yet. If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care.

“Right now I just want to be super intentional with all of the things I’m doing.”

It’s worth noting that Gomez underwent a kidney transplant just a few months ago.

She’s been through A LOT of late.

Selena actually talks to 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford for this interview.

She tells the actress that she rarely goes anyplace “trendy” and that her social media popularity comes with some major strings attached.

“I have a complex relationship with Instagram, to say the least,” she explains.

Why would this be?


“It has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me and allows me to say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna post this, and this is gonna take care of the 1,200 stories that people think are interesting but actually aren’t, and aren’t even true.’

“So it empowers me in that way because it’s my words and my voice and my truth. The only thing that worries me is how much value people our age place on social media.

“It’s an incredible platform, but in a lot of ways it’s given young people, myself included, a false representation of what’s important. So, yeah, it’s a complex relationship.

“Probably one of my most difficult relationships.”

Interesting, huh?

As always, we wish Selena nothing but the best.


Jonghyun Suicide Note Reveals Depression, Struggle with Celebrity

We can now confirm that Korean pop star Jonghyun committed suicide on Monday.

As previously reported, the 27-year old was found unconscious in a Seoul hotel yesterday morning before rushed to a local hospital; he was pronounced dead there a short time later.


The cause of death was unknown at the time of this report, and it remains unknown now.

But there had been suspicions that Jonghyun took his own life because his sister told authorities that he had been acting in an unusual manner – and had also been sending her troubling text messages.

“Please let me go. Tell me I did well. Final farewell,” reads one of these messages.

About 24 hours after this tragic news broke, Jonghyun suicide’s note has actually been made available to the public.

“I am broken from inside,” wrote the singer, who as best known for serving as the frontman for boy band SHINee.

He went on to detail his internal battle and his struggle with stardom, writing:

“The depression that had been slowly eating me up finally devoured me and I couldn’t defeat it.”

This note was uploaded on the Instagram account of Nine, a musician with modern rock band Dear Cloud.

According to Nine’s management, the note was handed to her two weeks prior to Jonghyun’s death.

Jonghyun missed

“Maybe I wasn’t supposed to come up against the world; maybe I wasn’t supposed to be known to the world,” continued to sad note.

“I’ve learned that’s what [makes my life] difficult. How come I chose that.”

The world of Korean music and entertainment is notoriously pressure-packed.

Over the years, ever since Korean-American singer Charles Park took his own life in 1996, numerous young stars in this industry have both killed themselves and left a note similar to that of Jonghyun’s.

Jonghyun was one of the most talented and beloved artists in K-pop, according to Paul Han, co-founder of allkpop, a site for K-pop gossip and news, which garners 10 million monthly readers worldwide.

He left SHINee in 2015 and has subsequently released two solo albums.

Said Han in the wake of this tragedy:

“He had a wonderful voice and was so versatile and composed beautiful music. He was an even better person and he will be forever missed.

“The world of K-pop has lost one of its brightest stars.”

Imagine the reaction in America if Harry Styles killed himself and you’d have an idea of the impact being felt across Korea right now.

Local police say Jonghyun’s family had not requested an autopsy.

The artist, who played concerts in the United States this past spring, was mourned by fans at Asan Hospital Tuesday, ahead of a funeral that the family has requested to be held “as quietly as possible,” according to SM Entertainment.

Concluded his suicide note:

“The blues that slowly ate at me has finally swallowed me whole. I couldn’t overcome.

“I hated myself. Holding on to disappearing memories and screaming at it to wake up. There was no answer. If I can’t breathe, it’s better to stop.”

We can only hope the young singer has finally found the peace in death he could not find in life.

A post on SM Entertainment’s social media page reads as follows:

“Jonghyun is the best artist who loved music more than anyone else, enjoyed the stage, and loved to communicate with fans through his music.

“We will always remember you.”


Rain Brown Details Struggle with Depression

Rain Brown has provided Instagram followers with an update on herself and also on her gravely ill mother.

The youngest member of the Alaskan Bush People, Rain has been a consistent social media presence for months.

Recently, however, it’s been difficult for her to keep up a happy persona, considering that her mother has tragically been diagnosed with lung cancer.

According to a number of reports, Ami Brown is at Stage Four and she may not have very much time left.

Earlier this week, Rain tried to keep up an optimistic front, sharing an uplifting text image with her followers that read:

“You may not understand today or tomorrow, but eventually God will reveal why you went through everything you did.”

She then opened up a lot more about the issues she’s been dealing with of late.

“For the past few days I’ve been struggling with some things, such as my depression, life, and some teen girl probs too (ya know a broken nail) and I couldn’t figure out why I was in such bad shape,” Brown wrote, adding:

“I stayed in bed for about four days with minor aches and pains and I couldn’t find out a reason, it bothered me so much, I lost any want to be healthy or motivational, I was just a husk.”

That’s awful to hear.

Sadly, it’s not the first time Rain has mentioned Depression.

She wrote the following to her followers last month:

I’ve struggled with a lot of depression over the last couple years, I was told it was puberty I was told I was too young to feel any real emotion that I “wasn’t fully developed so my brain couldn’t have actually been depressed” one of the main things I struggle with is my age.

This time around, Rain didn’t question her mood too much.

As explained below, she sort of just gave in to it:

“But just now in the middle of the night it occurred to me, sometimes you don’t have to have a reason sometimes you don’t have to be perfect and somedays you just feel like staying in bed and watching old @simplynailogical videos and that’s OKAY!

“In the time of all this happening I told myself that over and over but it also hit me I had to actually believe it and just let it go and stop being bothered by it.”

While the Discovery Channel star admitted that she continues to “still feel kinda down and Like being lazy,” she now knows it’s “alright because my body knows what it needs and if that’s rest I won’t be one to refuse.”

In conclusion, Amy mentioned her sick mother:

“Stay strong my rainbows and listen to your body and soul they know what you need, don’t let your depression or dark feelings try to make you feel bad or people make you feel bad for doing what you know is right for you

“Ps my mom gave me some panaway oil and now my aches feel so much better thanks mommy!!!”

We really can’t imagine what Rain and her six siblings are going through.

On Friday, though, Rain did say that she and her mom spent the morning making peach tea, adding of Ami:

“She is now going though her second round of chemo…

“Sadly I can’t say how she is doing just yet, but we are all hopeful and faithful, thank you all so much for your support and love in this harsh time.”

We wish her the very best.


Alaskan Bush People Star Rain Brown Reveals Depression Battle

Rain Brown has a lot on her plate. She’s an Alaskan Bush People star and her show might be in production limbo. Her mother, Ami Brown, is in grave condition as she battles lung cancer.

To top it all off, Ami Brown is a 14-year-old girl with problems that plague teens every day.

On social media, Rain has revealed some of those troubles, including her battle with depression, in a series of troubling posts.

Rain has shared this photo, which honestly looks straight out of one of those “depression hurts” commercials that used to play.

It’s a good photo, but not exactly uplifting.

Her captions only added to that sense of gloom:

“On the outside always looking in will I ever be more then I’ve ever been? Cause I’m tap tap tapping on the glass, waving through a window.”

You might point out that those are obviously lyrics, and they are — to the Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen. The main character in that musical has severe social anxiety — a condition that has a strong link to depression.

Now, maybe she shared this because this was her mood, or maybe she was just sharing a photo that seemed illustrative of the song.

But rest assured that we wouldn’t be worried if all that she’d shared were some lyrics.

Rain Brown shared this throwback photo, and you can really feel a sense of loss in her captions:

“#TBT to my last time in AK, it was spent with some of my favorite people, and I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to Juneau, I hope to go back one day but for now I got to say my last words in a very beautiful way, #AK #goodbye #stayhappy #staystrong”

Now, sure, that’s a throwback photo to the live that she used to live in Alaska.

(Yes, that’s Alaska, if you couldn’t tell from the landscape and context — AK does not mean Arkansas)

Now, when she refers to missing people, does she mean that she misses her whole family living together and doing the show?

Some of the Browns might be tired of Alaskan Bush People, but remember, folks — Rain grew up with it. That was half her life.

Or is she referring to friends she had and left behind in Alaska, left behind as she moved and moved on?

Because most of us have been there at some point in our childhoods or our lives.

Most concerning of all is Rain Brown’s open letter to fans in which she reveals her struggle to get diagnosed and how easily she was dismissed because of her youth.

“I just wanted to let you know you’re not alone and your feelings matter! The way you feel isn’t stupid, I’ve struggled with a lot of depression over the last couple years.”

And she got a worse-than-useless response from one quack, apparently.

“I was told it was puberty I was told I was too young to feel any real emotion that I “wasn’t fully developed so my brain couldn’t have actually been depressed” one of the main things I struggle with is my age.”

Rain talks more about her age and how she’s been limited because of it, but even just that opening is so heartbreaking and so worrisome.

Because, as just about anyone could tell you, 14-year-olds absolutely get depressed. Puberty might exacerbate depression (hormones make pretty much anything relating to emotions about a zillion times worse, honestly), but depression is a very real concern in people Rain’s age. And younger.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were talking about radio host Delilah’s son’s suicide after battling with depression? Zachariah was a teenager. And he was receiving treatment.

(As with any serious illness, being treated doesn’t guarantee a cure or even survival, unfortunately)

To be clear, when we say that these were “troubling” posts, we don’t mean that we’re unhappy that she posted them.

This isn’t like when someone rages on social media or when a President posts impulsively before sunrise, to the collective horror of his friends and enemies alike.

We’re glad that Rain has a place where she can express herself.

Though she has an extraordinary number of haters who troll her posts, she also has a lot of fans and supporters.

And her social media popularity has increased exponentially over the past few months.

She’s a strong, determined young woman and she can get through whatever life throws at her. Including depression.

But we hope that she has plenty of support. Because she deserves it.


Eric Dane to Seek Help for Depression, Take Hiatus from The Last Ship

Eric Dane has taken the first step to a hopeful recovery:

He has admitted that he needs professional help.

A rep for the actor has confirmed that filming on The Last Ship Season 4 has been stopped temporarily while the drama’s lead takes the steps necessary to battle depression.

Filming will resume after Memorial Day Weekend.

“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” a rep for Dane tells Variety, adding by way of explanation:

“He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning.”

Dane has been open in the past about his personal struggles.

The 44-year old actor, who rose to fame for playing the character of Mark Sloane on Grey’s Anatomy (aka McSteamy) checked into rehab in 2011 for an addiction to painkillers.

It is unclear at this time whether Dane will be doing the same in order to overcome this mental roadblock.

The fourth season of TNT’s biggest hit is set to premiere some time this summer. It will consist of 10 episodes.

The network has already picked the show up for a fifth season, also scheduled for 10 episodes and likely will debut these installments in June of July of 2018.

So at least Dane does not need to worry about career stability while he battles this intense personal issue.

The actor has been married to Rebecca Gayheart since 2004.

He spoke to People Magazine in 2014 about his struggles, being both open and honest, while also remaining vague on various things that have happened to him.

“We’ve all made mistakes,” Dane said at the time, adding:

“I honestly think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time. And I’m really happy.”

The Last Ship chronicles the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James and its captain Tom Chandler (portrayed by Dane), as the crew navigates life following a worldwide catastrophe that nearly kills off the globe’s entire population.

The drama averaged approximately 7.1 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms for its third season, according to TNT, making it one of the most-watched shows on cable in general.

Dane has two sons with Gayheart and we wish him nothing but the best in his journey to recovery.

We hope it goes as well as possible for him.

As you can see above, Dane is one of many, many celebrities who have entered rehab for a variety of problems.

There’s certainly no shame in making this move. Quite the opposite, in fact.