“Jerry McGuire’s” Jonathan Lipnicki was bullied by homophobes, but look who’s laughing now

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.

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:

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

Here goes nothing ???????

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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 ????????

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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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