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“Jerry McGuire’s” Jonathan Lipnicki was bullied by homophobes, but look who’s laughing now #GayNews #gay #lgbt #LGBT2 #News

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“Jerry McGuire’s” Jonathan Lipnicki was bullied by homophobes, but look who’s laughing now #GayNews #gay #lgbt #LGBT2 #News


A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Feb 23, 2017 at 3:02pm PST

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.

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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:

Im 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. 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 ????????

A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Mar 13, 2017 at 9:13am PDT

The post (as you can see above) attracted lots of attention, which Lipnicki addressed in a follow-up:

Here goes nothing ???????

A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Mar 14, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT

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:

Another awesome shot from #dembanger ????????

A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Feb 28, 2017 at 5:49pm PST

Shooting #dembanger?????????????????????#film #makingmovies #yesitsabathroomscene

A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Feb 26, 2017 at 2:37pm PST

Typical Tuesday #dembanger ??

A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Feb 28, 2017 at 8:27am PST

"Can’t you hear it in the silence? Can’t you hear me calling out your name? I’ve got something burning Coursing through these cold veins In the words we speak babe Somehow I get lost in between Whether to suffer in silence Or to break it all with each breath that we breathe" @bkommerell @bearsdenmusic

A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Jan 31, 2017 at 5:26pm PST

The kind messages I have been receiving have been extraordinary! I'm glad you all accept me for me ?. I'm honored to be able to relate to such amazing people! @jonathanlipnicki @abookof.us Photography @graphicsmetropolis Photo asst @phillldotcom Styling @zestymclemonz Grooming @lifeofada using @guise_etiquette #ABOOKOF #anxiety #depression #bullying #mentalhealthawareness

A post shared by Jonathan Lipnicki (@jonathanlipnicki) on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:19am PDT

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.’”

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