Former ‘Prison Break’ star, Wentworth Miller, reveals severe depression after 2010 body-shaming meme was reposted on The LAD Bible.
Wentworth Miller, who came out as gay in 2013, penned an emotional and heartfelt response to the meme which resurfaced on The LAD Bible earlier this week (since deleted).
Several variations of the meme circulated on social media back in 2010, when the actor was photographed looking noticeably heavier than when he starred as Michael Scofield in the hit drama, Prison Break.
He opened up about his mental state when the photo was taken, and the subsequent media scrutiny of his physique.
“First and foremost, I was suicidal,” he explained. “This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about. But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle known to very, very few.”
“In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, 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.
“Ashamed and in pain, I considered myself damaged goods. And the voices in my head urged me down the path to self-destruction. Not for the first time.
“I’ve struggled with depression since childhood. It’s a battle that’s cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights.”
He went on to outline how he felt being shamed by the media, with several tabloids printing headlines like ‘Hunk to Chunk’ and ‘Fit to Flab’, but says that ultimately he “survived”.
“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.”
The LAD Bible, which has over 11million ‘likes’ on Facebook, has deleted the original post and instead published a response apologising to the actor.
Miller’s original post has been shared over 85,000 times on Facebook, and garnered over quarter of a million likes.
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