Johnson, an only child, learned to hustle from an early age. He was evicted from his home in Hawaii at age 14, he tells The Hollywood Reporter: "We were living in an efficiency that cost $120 a week. We come home, and there's a padlock on the door and an eviction notice. My mom starts bawling. She just started crying and breaking down. 'Where are we going to live? What are we going to do?'"
That moment "was the tipping point," he continues. "It was about, 'What can I control with these two hands?' The only thing I could do was train and build my body. The successful men I knew were men who built their bodies."
He did just that, and "rent's due" became his daily mantra to keep him on track, he shares in a recent post on Instagram: "I started saying 'rent's due' to myself when we were evicted when I was 14, as a personal motivator to hit the gym and workout. But what's funny about that is technically there was no actual 'rent due' considering we didn't have a place to live.
"I got lucky along the way, because these days I'm not getting evicted, but I'm still up at 4 a.m. dropping sweat, because the rent's due. It's ALWAYS due."