Jonathan Lipnicki is ready to talk about the bullying and depression he faced after staring in “Jerry Maguire.”
The now 26-year-old opened up on Instagram this week about the ridicule and bullying he experienced as a child.
“As a kid/teen I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB,” he wrote. “I was told I was a has-been and would never book a job again.”
He continued, “I was made to feel like garbage every day of middle school to the point where I had a panic attack every night before school because I wondered how I would get through the day.”
Im sharing a little of my experience. It gives me anxiety being this open, but being bullied is a universal problem. I am not a victim, but rather empowered because I was able to turn to my art. I am grateful for the amazing life I have and I hope I can pass on that it DOES get better. As much as it is easier said than done, overcoming being bullied is a reality and I hope this resonates with all of you ❤️❤️❤️❤️
The humiliation made Lipnicki want to share his support for teens who may be experiencing similar situations.
“Chase your dreams, it’s amazing how mean people peak in their teens. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continued to support me. I love you and I hope that sharing this can shed a little light in a positive way,” he ended the telling post.
All of the attention and encouragement inspired Lipnicki to post another moving message to fans.
“I don’t need sympathy, I’m here because I’m tough. I am here to help others by sharing my experience. I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor and kids will hopefully see that they can be too,” he wrote in a second post.
“My confidence is built on the many many failures I’ve had. My confidence is built on the fact that I won’t quit,” he ended the post.
By the way, this is what he looks like now: