Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

The Kid From 'Jerry Maguire' Says He Was Bullied "Relentlessly" Post-Movie

The Kid From 'Jerry Maguire' Says He Was Bullied

For "Jerry Maguire" star Jonathan Lipnicki, who, aged six, played the impossibly cute Ray Boyd, on-screen son of Renee Zellweger's single mum Dorothy, it seems it was particularly tough.

Jonathan Lipnicki, who also featured in Stuart Little, had posted on Instagram about his pride in making more films as an adult than as a child, which prompted an interview about the abuse he had suffered in school on the back of his early success.

In the post the 26-year-old confessed that the taunts resulted in him suffering from daily panic attacks, and that he felt totally humiliated.

"As a kid/teen, I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB", he wrote in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday, "I was told I was a has-been and would never book a job again".

"Honestly, it's scary to share the most personal stuff that has happened to me, but I hope it can resonate with some kids out there", he wrote, adding that he recently sat down for his first interview in which he "publicly discussed my lifelong battle with anxiety and depression".

"I've had a lot of people who were also nice to me reach out and say 'Hey, just wanted to say I always thought it was frightful how people treated you, ' but the one who did it, I don't even think he knows".

Many remember Lipnicki as the adorable little boy who blurted out random facts like, "Did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?!" to Cruise's character. His anxiety was so bad at one point that his nervous habit of rubbing his hands together caused eczema. "I am not a victim, but rather empowered because I was able to turn to my art", he wrote. Link in Bio: I'm out to prove anyone that's ever doubted me wrong. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to go and say, 'Look at me now. You have no idea how much I needed to read this. "Chase your dreams, it's fantastic how mean people peak in their teens", he wrote. "He still is. He took the time and was really gracious about it, he gave me a lot of time and a lot of great advice".

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