DNA tests confirmed that Rocky Johnson, the first Black Georgia Heavyweight Champion and father of Dwayne The Rock Johnsonhas five other children.
Sports Illustrated reported that the late Canadian WWE Hall of Famer fathered Lisa Purves, who initiated a series of DNA tests for herself and four strangers. The results are in !
The Rock now has five half-siblings in Purves, Paula Parson, Trevor Edwards, Adrian Bowlesand Aaron Fowler. Purves was born on October 26, 1968 in Vancouver, and Edwards, who was born in Montreal on March 23, 1967, was raised solely by his mother. Bowles was born on April 24, 1970 in Truro, Nova Scotia, and Fowler on June 17, 1970.
In 1966, the professional wrestler, whose birth name was Wayde Bowlesmarried for the first time to A Sparks, and they had two children, Wanda (born December 1962) and Curtis (May 1965). He later married Ata Maiviadaughter of the “Big Chief” Pierre Maiviaand they had The Rock.
Purves was 18 when she first contacted her father. As she tells it, the famous wrestler hung up on her several times after trying to tell her that she was his daughter, at the age of 30. She was later reunited with her four half-siblings, following DNA test results.
“I was really embarrassed that my dad didn’t want me,” Purves, 53, admitted to the sports outlet.
Marked by her father’s rejection, in 2017 she began a personal project on the effects of child abandonment. She set out to make a documentary about children whose parents knowingly separated from them, but couldn’t find anyone to talk about their story, so a friend suggested she make a documentary about herself.
“I started researching what happens when you abandon a child, how it affects their life,” she continued. “And I’m like, that’s exactly me. Self-esteem issues… . All the s— he lists is me.
Johnson fathered several children, although he knew he had at least a few across Canada. Although he didn’t embrace the newly confirmed five, his brother Ricky stepped in to welcome them into the family.
With a famous half-brother, Adrian said: “Dwayne had nothing to do with the decisions his father made; he doesn’t even know who we are. Lisa added, “Dwayne owes us nothing.”
“There are millions of other kids like me,” Purves added, “and I want [tell] people: Face your shame. If a person heals by watching this documentary, then putting my pain in public is worth it”, by Sports Illustrated.