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Dwayne Johnson: I cried constantly

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson reveals he battled with severe depression in the past.

The 42-year-old movie star was once an aspiring American football player looking to play for the NFL.

But when he didn’t make the draft and was dropped from a professional Canadian team that paid him very little, Dwayne admits he was emotionally shattered.

"I didn't want to do a thing,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I didn't want to go anywhere. I was crying constantly."

Dwayne revealed he moved to Miami, Florida after his football career fell apart.

Unfortunately, the relocation was equally psychologically damaging, as his upset with life led to a brief separation from his first wife Dany Martinez.

“I looked in my pocket, and I had seven bucks. Wow. Seven bucks to my name,” he detailed.

“The dreams I had, they're dashed. There is no more football. My relationship was crushed. That was my absolute worst time."

Ultimately Dwayne and Dany divorced in 2008 after being married for a decade, a split that served as a rude awakening.

“Once I manned up and became accountable for the mess I was in, that's when it all hit me," he explained. "Failing at marriage and as a husband was a heavy thing, and divorce had that special way of knocking me on my a**."

Dwayne is grateful for the trials he’s experienced, however. He says his past sorrow offers him an expanded perspective on life.

"I grew up where, when a door closed, a window didn't open," he said. "The only thing I had was cracks. I'd do everything to get through those cracks - scratch, claw, bite, push, bleed. Now the opportunity is here. The door is wide open and it's as big as a garage."

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