Wentworth Miller takes on cruel weight gain meme: ‘I was suicidal, I turned to food’
Photographs of the actor appearing to be torn in a promotional photo for Prison Break alongside images of him appearing heavier were shared on social media over the weekend.
In a meme since deleted and enjoyed by over 100,000 people, The Lad Bible captioned the image side-by-side: “When you get out of jail and find out about the McDonald’s monopoly …”
The 43-year-old took to his official Facebook page to address the message, admitting it “hurt to breathe” upon seeing the offensive meme.
Wentworth wrote: “In 2010, mid-retirement from acting, I was keeping a low profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal.
“Ashamed and in pain, I saw myself as damaged property. And the voices in my head pushed me to embark on the path of self-destruction. Not for the first time.
“I’ve been battling depression since childhood. It’s a battle that has cost me time, opportunities, relationships and a thousand sleepless nights.”
The American star then explained the photo of him in the red t-shirt: “In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief / comfort / distraction. And I turned to the food. It could have been Everything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the only thing I could hope for. Count to get me through. There were times when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough.
“And I put on weight. Big deal.”
The photos were taken in 2010 while Miller was hiking with a friend, which he admits was “the last thing [he] necessary”.
However, the actor proudly said he survived, urging people to reach out to friends and family in need.
Wentworth, who is set to return to Prison Break this summer, has previously opened up about attempted suicide as a teenager.
At a human rights gala, the openly gay star said: “The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15 years old. I waited for my family to leave for the weekend and I was alone in the house.
“When someone asked me if it was a cry for help, I said no, because I didn’t tell anyone. You only cry for help if you think you are. there is help to cry for. “
The Lad Bible has since apologized to Wentworth in a public Facebook post and vowed to cover mental health issues “responsibly”.
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