Wentworth Miller Responds to Fat-Shaming Meme by Opening Up on His Battle with Depression and Suicide
Actor Wentworth Miller took to Facebook to open up about his struggles with depression and suicide after a fat-shaming meme of himself hit the web.
The LAD Bible had posted a side-by-side of Wentworth, one shirtless photo from his show “Prison Break” and another from after the series ended, showing him with longer hair and a fuller frame.
He wrote on Facebook, "Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest," he wrote in the lengthy post. "In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal.”
Miller revealed he tried everything to overcome his depression. "I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. And I put on weight. Big f*cking deal."
At the “lowest point” in his life, the 43-year-old was snapped during a hike with the friend, which was published in a magazine. He said about the photos, "Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without. Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist."
Miller also shared how he felt after he saw the meme online. He said, "The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe. But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness. Of myself and others.”
Wentworth closed the post by listing a few organizations that help those struggling with suicide and depression. He said, "Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They're waiting to hear from you.”
After seeing Wentworth's Facebook post, the LAD Bible apologized to Miller, saying, “We want to say we've got this very, very wrong. Mental health is no joke or laughing matter."