Constance Wu attempted suicide after backlash over tweet, actor reveals

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Three years after Constance Wu retreated from the public eye after facing backlash over social media posts about her career, the actress has taken to Twitter to open up about mental health, revealing that she had attempted suicide following the controversy.

“After a little break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I feel good enough to venture here (at least for a little while),” Wu tweeted in a statement on Thursday. “And even though I’m scared, I’ve decided that I owe it to the 3-year-old-me to be brave and share my story so she can help someone with theirs. »

In 2019, the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star sparked controversy over two disgruntled tweets, each underlined with a profanity, sent less than an hour after his ABC comedy ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ was renewed for a sixth season. She later followed up with messages expressing her gratitude for the revival and pride in working on the series, and explained why she was initially upset.

“I love FOTB. I was temporarily upset yesterday, not because I hate the show, but because its renewal forced me to abandon another project that I was really passionate about,” she wrote at the time. “So my dismayed responses on social media were more about this other project and not the FOTB. »

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In her Thursday post, Wu noted that she was hesitant to return to social media “because I almost lost my life.”

She continued, “3 years ago when I carelessly tweeted about my TV show renewing, it sparked internet outrage and shame that got quite severe. I felt awful about what I said, and when a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me I was going to become a plague on the Asian American community, I started to feel like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore. »

“Looking back, it’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my life, but that’s what happened. Fortunately, a friend found me and took me to the emergency room. »

Wu remembers the situation as a “scary moment that made me reevaluate my life a lot”, which led her to focus less on her career and more on her mental health. (In the past three years, she’s only made a handful of appearances in TV shows and animated movies after a few years of building blockbusters and rave reviews.)

Now she talks about mental health in the Asian American community, which she says isn’t talked about enough.

“While we are quick to celebrate victories in representation, there is a lot of avoidance around the most uncomfortable issues within our community,” she said. “Even my tweets became such a touching topic that most of my (Asian American) co-workers decided it was time to avoid me or chill me. I admit it hurts a lot, but it also made me realize how important it is. reaching out and caring for people who are going through a difficult time. »

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Wu shared that during her social media hiatus, she wrote a book called “Making a Scene.” USA TODAY has contacted its publisher for more information. She knows her book won’t always offer “the most flattering portrayal” of herself, but ultimately aims to “help people talk about uncomfortable things in order to understand them, consider them, and open ways of healing”.

She added: “If we want to be seen, really seen…we have to let all of ourselves be seen, including the parts we’re afraid of or ashamed of – parts that, however imperfect, need care and attention. . And we have to stop beating ourselves (and ourselves) when we do. »

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night, or chat online.

Crisis Text Line also provides free confidential 24/7 support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

Contributors: Sara M. Moniuszko and Bill Keveney

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