In an Instagram post on Friday, the 46-year-old recalled the moment that he told dad Rocky that he would be buying him his dream house.
“I just got off the phone with my dad and, man, it was a great call and I just had to share this with you guys really quick,” Johnson said. “So about two, three weeks ago, I called my dad and I said, ‘Look, you’re probably happy where you’re at but I want to do something for you. I want to buy you a brand new home, wherever you want to live, you can live.'”
To say his dad was happy would be an understatement. Johnson went on to say, “[Rocky] couldn’t believe it, he was speechless. So he just called me now. It’s a big weekend, he’s gonna go look at properties. He’s a Florida boy, so he’s going to go up to North Florida and look and he goes, ‘I’m so excited. I’m also so nervous.'”
Rocky, a now-retired professional wrestler and “tough guy” in Johnson’s words, also added, “I’m so proud of you and I love you so much.”
It was a rare emotional father-son moment, according to the Rampage star. “I never heard my dad talk like that. It felt good to me and it felt good to my heart,” he explained. “My dad used to beat my ass. Tough love, and I hated it back then, but I’m so grateful for it now. It just felt good to kind of give back to the ones who raised you. So, love you too, Pop.”
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Great chat with my old man. Felt good to my cold ???? to hear him express his love. He’s a weathered soul and like all weathered souls, there’s often a harsh storied path that got them there. Well for my pops that path started at 13yrs old when his mom kicked him out of his house on Christmas day and forced him to live on the streets (very true and fucked up story) so his reality of compassion and love was forged thru pain and toughness. He raised me with that tough physical love and used to beat my ass in the gyms and on wrestling mats. I hated it then as a little boy, but grateful for it today as a man. It’s shaped my DNA and helped inform how I raise my own babies (minus the ass kickings;) but always instilling the value of hard work and discipline. For that I’m grateful and this one felt good. Crazy how full circle life can come. Enjoy your new house pop – what a storied path and thanks for the ass kickings ???????????????? #weathered