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Jonathan Lipnicki Reveals Battle With Depression Following Years of Bullying

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    Jonathan Lipnicki Reveals Battle With Depression Following Years of Bullying
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    More than 20 years after starring in Jerry Maguire as Ray Boyd, Jonathan Lipnicki is opening up about the years of bullying he endured after his big-screen project.

    Jonathan Lipnicki is reminding fans that being a child star isn't all glitz and glamour.

    More than 20 years after starring in "Jerry Maguire" as Ray Boyd, the Hollywood star is opening up about the years of bullying he endured after his big-screen project.

    "As a kid/teen, I was made fun of relentlessly by some people who are now even my friends on FB. I was told I was a has-been and would never book a job again," he wrote to his Instagram followers this week. "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 next day."

    "In high school, a certain kid emphatically called me a has-been in front of my Econ class," Lipnicki continued. "(Tempted to tag him). It was humiliating."

    What Lipnicki experienced in school partly contributed to his battle with anxiety and depression.

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    While Lipnicki is open about sharing his story, he doesn't want to be viewed as a "victim." Instead, he hopes his personal story will help fans experiencing something similar.

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    "I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor and kids will hopefully see that they can be too. I'm telling this story on my own terms," he shared through Instagram. "My confidence is built on the many, many failures I've had. My confidence is built on the fact that I won't quit."