Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson expressed regret saying he learned his lesson after the backlash over his Maui wildfire fund efforts.
In an Instagram video, Johnson, 51, said he understood the criticism after he and Oprah Winfrey launched a wildfire relief fund and asked the public to donate.
Johnson and Winfrey, 69, launched The People’s Fund of Maui with an initial donation of $10,000 each.
Winfrey, who is worth $2.5 billion, and Johnson, who is worth $82 million, were heavily criticized for asking the public to donate their hard earned money in today’s economy.
Johnson said he understood the outrage because he knows what it’s like living paycheck to paycheck.
“I get it and I completely understand, and I could have been better. And next time, I will be better,” he said. “I understand money ain’t falling out of the sky and it’s not growing on trees. There’s a lot of people out there who’s living paycheck to paycheck. And I get it, and I know what that’s like, I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck,” Johnson added.
“When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, I was easily pissed off, and I was frustrated, and the last thing you want to hear when you are living paycheck to paycheck is someone asking you for money, especially when the person asking you for money, already has a lot of money.”