“Jerry Maguire” Child Star Jonathan Lipnicki Says He Was “Relentlessly” Bullied, Called Gay Slurs Daily

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.

“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.”

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“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.

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“I am grateful for the amazing life I have and I hope I can pass on that it DOES get better.”