‘Jerry Maguire’ Child Star Jonathan Lipnicki Reveals ‘Lifelong’ Struggle With Depression, Anxiety Post-Stardom

After captivating hearts across the globe at the tender age of six, with his role as Renee Zellweger’s adorable son Ray Boyd in “Jerry Maguire”, former child actor Jonathan Lipnicki was exposed to years of bullying in school, leading to a “lifelong” struggle with anxiety and depression

The years of torment left the actor riddled with mental issues, which he’s now opening up about with TooFab. “I’ve been in treatment for a very long time because I had a very serious problem with anxiety and depression,” Lipnicki told the website on Tuesday. “I felt like I didn’t know how my life was going to end up. It was the lowest point of my life.”

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Lipnicki first revealed his struggle in a moving Instagram post on Monday, addressing his fans with an emotional message. “I’m 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,” he captioned a screen capture of his ordeal. “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.”

The now-26-year-old actor followed up his initial post with another, telling his fans he hopes his message “can resonate with some kids out there.”

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“I have never publicly discussed my lifelong battle […] and I just did…in an interview…Here goes nothing,” he continued. “Thanks everyone for the support but I would like to tell you I don’t need sympathy, I’m here because I’m tough. 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.”

Lipnicki concluded: “My confidence is built on the fact that I won’t quit.”

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