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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.”


The humiliation made Lipnicki want to share his support for teens who may be experiencing similar situations.

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“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.

Here goes nothing 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

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“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:

(H/T PEOPLE)

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