Whether you are a fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from his football career, wrestling days, or on the big screen, you can’t deny that this man has had an incredible journey — and it’s only the beginning. Not one to appear in headlines, much of Johnson’s life is out of the spotlight, which is why we needed to dig deep to learn about his stunning transformation!
He moved around as a kid
Growing up, Johnson and his parents traveled and moved around constantly. While he was born in California, the family relocated to New Zealand, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida. He remembers being 15 and coming home to an eviction notice and a locked door when his mother couldn’t cover the rent for their studio apartment in Honolulu.
Of the experience, he said, “It broke my heart. I remember saying to myself, ‘I will do anything and everything I possibly can to make sure we never get evicted again.’ But what does that mean—what does it mean to be successful? Well, the successful men I admired all built their bodies.”
This jarring moment from his childhood helped spark interest in something that would lead to a very successful career.
His heritage is rich and diverse
People often look at Johnson and question his ethnicity. While there has been rampant speculation, the truth is that his father is a black man who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and his mother is of Samoan descent.
In fact, Johnson visited his mother’s native Samoa where he was crowned a high chief by His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II. He received some very intricate, detailed traditional tattoos, and stated that he is “extremely proud” of his heritage and culture as someone who is “half black and half Samoan.”
When commenting on the significance of being recognized by the King, Johnson explained, “I told him I was going to carry this title with honor, dignity and, above all else, with pride. He told me, ‘From this day onward, you will no longer be known as Dwayne but will carry the title of the Son of Malietoa, which means the son of a king. You will leave your boyish ways behind you, as you are now a chief of the Seiuli family, a chief of Samoa.’ When I heard those words, I was moved. … It’s way deeper than an honorary title. It’s blood.”
He was a victim of bullying
Every day, people of all ages are bullied across the country. It’s hard to imagine that someone like Johnson was once among them but he recently revealed that he had his own struggles.
“I was always the new kid so that made me a target,” he explained. “We moved so much that we lived in fourteen different states because my dad was on the road which was unsettling and disorientating. I used to get into a lot of fights. I wouldn’t start them, but you know when you’re the new kid.”
While he admitted to becoming a “delinquent” in ninth grade by “doing stupid stuff,” he found a way to put these painful experiences behind him. What a great example and inspiration for anyone struggling with bullies.
He saved his mother’s life
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