"I Really Was Unhappy:" Don Johnson Gets Real About His "Horrible Childhood" And Having To Fend For Himself At A Young Age

Date November 27, 2019

Actor Don Johnson has become one of the most popular people in Hollywood. The Miami Vice star seems to have it all these days; a thriving career, a perfect family and fans who support him. But life hasn't always been so smooth.

According to TheFamousPeople, Don Johnson's bio shows that he was born in 1949. His initial childhood goal was to become a professional bowler but when he started participating in his school theater program, young Don Johnson took an interest in acting.

His passion paid off and now, not only is he a husband and father of five, but he's also a successful acting star. One can argue that he's a really lucky man but this doesn't mean he hasn't dealt with his share of pain.

A horrible childhood

Don Johnson's life as a young boy was far from perfect. During an interview with The Guardian, the actor opened up about what life was like growing up and shared some childhood memories.

When he was asked if his path to acting was "straightforward," and he replied:

Hell no. I had a horrible childhood, horrible. I had the quinella: abuse and parents who divorced when I was 12 years old and I was the oldest. I really was unhappy and I left home at 16. And when you leave home at 16 and you don’t have a plan and you have to fend for yourself and put yourself through high school… that builds a powerful character.

Despite his difficult childhood, actor Don Johnson has made things much easier for his children including Dakota Johnson, who followed the acting route like her famous dad and mom Melanie Griffith.

Even though he's no longer with his ex-wife Melanie, Don once opened up to the Daily Telegraph about his determination to maintain a good relationship with her for the sake of their daughter.

He said:

It's pretty simple. When you love your children and want to share your life with them, it's foolish to denigrate or have any animosity with their mother.

Coping with childhood trauma

According to PsychologyToday, burying a trauma you experienced in childhood isn't such a good idea. Possibly with the help of a professional, you can recall these issues, acknowledge your feelings about them, and let them go.

There's nothing wrong with opening up to a trusted person as you go through the process of healing. In the end, facing the trauma head-on and then releasing it keeps it from taking over your whole life.

Actor Don Johnson's biography has shown that he hasn't always had it so smoothly. But his ability to not only strive to do better but to also ensure the cycle doesn't continue with his own kids is really commendable. It's great to see that his life looks much different today.

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