Child actor Jonathan Lipnicki, who starred in Stuart Little and played Renée Zellweger’s adorable son in Jerry Maguire, has opened up for the first time about what he calls a “lifelong battle with anxiety and depression.”
In a set of brave Instagram posts, the 26-year-old remembered how he was “humiliated” on a daily basis at school following his early success in Hollywood.
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 ❤️❤️❤️❤️
“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.”
“I was made to feel like garbage every day of middle school to the point where I had a manic attack every night before school, because I wondered how I wondered how I would get through the next day.”
“I’m 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.”
“I felt like I didn’t know how my life was going to end up,” Lipnicki told TooFab in a follow-up interview. “It was the lowest point of my life.”
“I didn’t go a day without going home and being upset,” he says. “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.”
“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.”