The actor opens up about his struggles with comfort eating and depression.
TV star Wentworth Miller speaks out against the recently circulated fat-shaming meme featuring him carrying a little more weight than usual by opening up about his struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts a few years ago, and admitting that the comments still hurt to see.
Wentworth Miller opens up about suicidal struggles
The 'Prison Break' actor shared his experiences on Facebook, alongside the meme itself which was originally posted by The LAD Bible. Featuring a shot of him looking slim and toned in a 'Prison Break' promo next to a shot which sees him with a fuller figure in the street, the meme was cruelly captioned 'When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald's monopoly...'
'Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest', Miller explained in his Facebook post. 'In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal.'
He went on to reveal that depression has plagued him since childhood, but confessed that 2010 (the year the street shot was taken) was indeed the 'lowest point' of his life and caused him to turn to food for comfort. 'It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to', he said. 'There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be. And I put on weight. Big f**king deal.'
Miller explained that the photo was taken by paparazzi when he was out walking with a friend in LA, and consequently ended up published with captions such as 'Hunk To Chunk' and 'Fit To Flab'. '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', he continued. 'Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.'
Meanwhile, he says that 'it hurt to breathe' when he first saw this latest meme, but urged people to reach out to anyone they know is struggling with mental illness and included several links to sites such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Active Minds and International Association for Suicide Prevention.
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