'Jerry Maguire' star Jonathan Lipnicki says he was relentlessly bullied

Posted March 19, 2017

Actor Jonathan Lipnicki - you remember him as the cute little kid from "Jerry Maguire" - says he suffered severe depression and anxiety after being relentlessly bullied after the movie was released.

"I was made to feel like garbage every day of middle school to the point where I had a panic attack every night before school, because I wondered how I would get through the day", Lipnicki continued.

Jonathan then added how one fellow pupil at high school would repeatedly call him a "has-been" in front of the rest of the class.

Jonathan Lipnicki revealed his battle with bullying and depression after being a famous child actor.

Lipnicki, who also starred in 1999's Stuart Little, concluded his post with a message of hope for those who have also been bullied. "It was the lowest point of my life", he explained to the site. "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". "I'm not a victim", he wrote.

"Your attitude determines your altitude Brother and I know that what you are doing what you are meant to do in life".

Now Lipnicki, 26, said he's passed the milestone of having made more movies as an adult than he did as a child - his IMDB page lists seven projects for 2017 alone. He wanted to show other kids that it's possible to face vicious bullying and still come out on the other side, noting that "it's incredible how mean people peak in their teens" and that it can be empowering to come through something like that and still "chase your dreams". Thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support me.

Despite originally being scared to do interviews and talk about his struggles, Lipnicki is now happy he did so, sharing another Instagram post of part of his TooFab interview along with the caption, "This is the most open I have ever been". I think a lot of kids out there don't have a direction to go with that pain and they go inside of themselves and they suffer. "I didn't expect to feel like this, but I do". "I love you and I hope sharing this can shed a little light in a positive way".