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Dwayne Johnson Describes Saving His Mom From Committing Suicide As A Teenager

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Dwayne Johnson, the actor better known by his pro wrestling alter ego "The Rock," shared an emotional Instagram post that had his fans reaching for tissues this week.

In the past, Johnson has shared memories about his mother, Ata Johnson, on social media. While it's clear the giant actor loves his devoted mom, things weren't always easy for the movie star's family.

Dwayne Johnson as a teenager, with his father Rocky and mother Ata.SAM64H / Twitter

When Johnson was growing up, his father (who was also a wrestler) saw his career decline. Last year at Thanksgiving, Johnson remembered that his family was once too poor to even celebrate the holiday.

"We couldn’t even afford Thanksgiving dinner and was praying someone would invite us over their house to eat," Johnson told his fans on Instagram.

After we bowed our heads in prayer, we went around the table and everyone shared what they were thankful for. Beautiful seeing and listening to everyone speak from their heart. Tears, laughter and boundless gratitude. Personally, I’m a little surprised no one expressed how thankful they were that THE Sexiest Man Alive (I refuse to relinquish my title to Blake Shelton or any man) was sitting at the table. I didn’t want to be a dick and interrupt the prayer, but at some point someones gotta address the elephant in the room. Jokes aside, it was a very special Thanksgiving. As my mom pointed out earlier in the day, there was a time back in ‘87 when we couldn’t even afford Thanksgiving dinner and was praying someone would invite us over their house to eat. We were in a tough spot back then, but we got thru it. And here we are today. One big, extended, blended, slightly crazy, loving, grateful ohana. #sib ❤️🥁💫

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"We were in a tough spot back then, but we got thru it."

On Mother's Day last year, the actor shared another emotional photo of his mother crying on his private airplane. He revealed that, when he was just 14, his family had been evicted from their home, and had their car repossessed, so his mother was simply overwhelmed by her son's success.

Cool Mother's Day story.. early am flight and I'm sittin' across from my mom when out of the blue she looks around the plane, then looks at me and says "Son, I can't believe the life I have.. grandma and grandpa would be so proud." I asked her, "Are you happy ma?". Just then the flight attendant placed my moms breakfast down on the table and my mom said to me, "Am I happy?.. I used to worry about how I was going to buy groceries for us and now I just had my breakfast placed down in front of me". She bursts into tears and says "Yes, son I couldn't be happier". This is the woman who when I was 14yrs old we were evicted out of our apartment in Hawaii 'cause we couldn't afford the $180 per week rent. At this moment Im shaking my head and smiling quietly (as my mom blows her nose;) 'cause she just told me she's happy. And y'all know when our parents tell us they're happy, its so satisfying for us, 'cause it means we've done a good job for them as their kids. Happy Mother's Day to all the deserving amazing mamas out there. And Happy Mother's Day to my amazing mom who will no doubt kill me for posting this crying pic. #EnjoyBreakfastMom #GratefulTears #TryNotCryInTheEggs

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"And y'all know when our parents tell us they're happy, its so satisfying for us," Johnson wrote, "'cause it means we've done a good job for them as their kids."

But, earlier this week, Johnson remembered another unhappy memory about his mom, and the time he had to stop her from taking her own life.

Johnson was filming a scene for his HBO show, Ballers, when he was reminded of the tragic incident.

Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my brother, William who committed suicide. Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another. My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t. Shits of a scene to shoot - didn’t like it - but it did reminder that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.

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The actor shared a photo of himself standing in a graveyard with an emotional story about his mother:

"Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my [fictional] brother, William who committed suicide," he wrote.

"Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another."

Johnson with his parents, as a teenager.WWE

Johnson went on to explain that when he was 15 years old, and his family was struggling to make ends meet, his mother ran into incoming traffic.

“She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic," he remembered. "Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her.”

“I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.”

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“We got lucky that day when I was 15," he added, "and that ain’t always the case.”

It's a harrowing story, but luckily it seems like Johnson and his mother are in a much better place now. We're just glad this star reacted so quickly.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can get help by calling 1-800-273-8255.