Actress Constance Wu revealed on Thursday that she nearly died by suicide in 2019, following widespread social media backlash to a series of tweets she posted expressing frustration over the renewal of ‘Fresh Off the Boat” from ABC, on which she starred at the time.
In a statement announcing her hesitant return to Twitter, the ‘Hustlers’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star said she was “scared to come back to social media because I almost lost my life.”
“After a short break from Hollywood and a plot therapy, I feel good enough to venture here (at least for a little while). And even though I’m scared, I’ve decided I owe it to me 3 years ago to be brave and share my story so they can help someone with theirs,” Wu wrote. .
In May 2019, Wu, who was then starring in ABC’s groundbreaking sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” posted several tweets expressing his frustration that the network was renewing the show for what became its final season. “So upset right now I’m literally crying,” she said in a now-deleted tweet the day the network made the announcement.
After an intense outcry on social media, Wu later explained that her frustration was that the show’s renewal meant she “had to drop another project that I was really passionate about,” she wrote. on Twitter. “So my dismayed responses on social media were more about this other project and not FOTB. »
On Thursday, she went on to say that among the “harsh” comments she received on social media in response to her tweets were messages “from another Asian actress,” who told Wu “I would become a scourge on the Asian American community. ”
“I started to feel like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore,” Wu wrote Thursday, describing how the posts made him feel like “a disgrace” to Asian Americans.
“Looking back, it’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my life, but that’s what happened,” she continued. “Luckily a friend found me and took me to the emergency room. »
Wu described how the situation “made me reassess my life a lot,” including quitting social media and putting her career on hold to prioritize her mental health. She urged fellow Asian Americans to talk more about mental health and not avoid “the most uncomfortable issues within our community.”
The actor, who currently stars in the Amazon series ‘The Terminal List’, also revealed that he wrote a book called ‘Making a Scene’, ‘to reach out and help people talk about uncomfortable things in order to understand them, count with him and open paths of healing.
“If we want to be seen, really seen … we have to leave everything of ourselves, including the parts we are afraid of or ashamed of – parts that, however imperfect, need care and attention,” she said. “And we have to stop beating ourselves (and ourselves) when we do. »
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, Round-the-clock support from the crisis text line. Outside the United States, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.