Editor’s note: On Friday afternoon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted to Instagram and Twitter saying that the alleged interview with the UK’s Daily Star “never happened.” Business Insider quoted the interview in this story. We regret the error.
His full statement from an Instagram video is below:
“I can’t believe I have to do this again and set the record straight on something, but I’m happy to do it. Earlier today online, an interview dropped with me – apparently it was with me – where I was insulting and criticizing millennials. The interview never took place. Never happened, never said any of those words, completely untrue, 100% fabricated. I was quite baffled when I woke up this morning.
“You know, I’ve gained such a great trust and equity with all you guys all around the world over the past couple of years, and you know it’s not a real D.J. [Dwayne Johnson] interview if I’m ever insulting a group, a generation, or anyone. Because that’s not me, and it’s not who I am, and it’s not what we do.
“So to the millennials, the interview never happened. To the plurals, the baby boomers, the snowflake generation – I don’t even know where that term came from – the tequila generation! That’s a generation I just started. That’s a good one. You want to join it. I always encourage empathy, I encourage growth, but most importantly I encourage everybody to be exactly who they want to be. Have a good day.”