By Dan Tracer
Former child actor Jonathan Lipnicki became a universal symbol of cuteness in Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little, but the now 26-year-old actor and Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt has revealed he was often the target of bullying in his younger years.
In a candid Instagram post, Lipnicki opened up about his “lifelong battle with anxiety and depression.”
“As a kid/teen I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB,” he wrote in the post. “I was told I was a has-been and would never book a job again.”
“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,” he’s also shared.
Here it is in full:
The post (as you can see above) attracted lots of attention, which Lipnicki addressed in a follow-up:
We commend him for sharing his story, and for reminding us that success doesn’t happen in a vacuum — it’s built upon failure and setback.
And speaking of success, we can’t imagine he has to worry about too much bullying these days:
You can catch Lipnicki soon in the film Pitching Tents. “I’m out to prove anyone wrong that’s ever doubted me,” he says. “I love work and I love the art of it. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to go and say, ’Look at me now. I’m happy. I’m creating my art and you can’t stop me.’”
This post was originally published on Queerty and is republished here with permission.
Photo credit: Jonathan Lipnicki