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Batista Discusses His Social Anxiety, His Mother’s Fear For Him While He Was Growing Up & Not Being Close With His Dad


Former World Heavyweight Champion Batista was the first guest on Lilian Garcia’s new “Chasing Glory” podcast. During the show, Batista spoke on a number of topics regarding his upbringing in Washington D.C. including: his mother being fearful for him because of his surroundings, have social anxiety growing up & more.

Here are the highlights:

His Mother’s Fear For Him Growing Up:

“My mom felt that if I stayed out there in the city where I was running with gangs and everything, that I was going to end up dead. That’s what the crowd that I was falling in with, I mean, I was young. She was getting calls from jail, from police saying: ‘Come pick up your son’ and really young; twelve, thirteen years old I was hanging around with gangs. I was fighting, stealing cars, joy riding them, just young little criminals and I was just living that street life. I wasn’t going to school, I was in the front door, out the back just up to no good.”

Having Social Anxiety:

“Wrestling really brought me out of my shell but I wish when I was younger I hadn’t been so ashamed. I wish I would’ve embraced it more because it’s okay and I find out more, all the time, that a lot of actors are the same way. They get anxiety and get self-conscious and get insecurities about their performances and I think if people hear more from that, from people, especially someone like me who succeed in these entertainment fields; they can see that I am someone who is like that as well. Then, they will just be more accepting and just be okay with it because there’s more people like that than you would think.”

Not Being Close With His Dad:

“My father was never really there for me. It’s something that’s a little weird because we had a long talk about it when I was older. I had already been wrestling, so I was in my late thirties and we had a talk about it and he was just bent out of shape [about] why I wasn’t more respectful of him and why I didn’t give more to him and I told him it was just because he was never there for me, so I don’t have that-you know, that father-son connection with him. He’s just kind of some guy that I’ve known you know, he was barely ever there for me, he’s never done anything for me. He’s never really even given me any fatherly advice. I just don’t know him at all; he’s really a stranger to me.”

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