Jonathan Lipnicki Says He Was Severely Bullied in School After “Jerry Maguire”

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When Jonathan Lipnicki appeared in Jerry Maguire, he was only 6-years old. He instantly grabbed our heart strings — so much so that people still talk about him! But what happened to him after?

In an interview with TooFab, he revealed for the first time that he suffered with anxiety and depression, which began after getting bullied because of his “Jerry Maguire fame.”

“I’ve been in treatment for a very long time because I had a very serious problem with anxiety and depression,” Lipnicki said to TooFab. “I felt like I didn’t know how my life was going to end up. It was the lowest point of my life.”

He also shared an Instagram post earlier this week on the topic: “As a kid-teen I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB. I was told I was has-been and would never book a job again,” he wrote. “I was made to feel like garbage very 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 next day.”

He confirmed with TooFab: “I didn’t go a day without being called some form of gay slur, or a hateful slur pretty much every day of middle school… All I’ve ever wanted to do my entire life is make movies. To be made fun of for the thing that you love, and to be told you’re not going to be a success, it’s hard. There were even teachers that called me lazy, and I later found out I had a learning disability called dysgraphia.”

But eventually, he found his strength:

“You have to turn it into something,” he said. “Whether it’s arts, sports or helping others. I think a lot of kids out there don’t have a direction to go with that pain and they go inside of themselves and they suffer, and it’s horrible.”

Read the interview at TooFab.

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