Actress Constance Wu has revealed that she almost died by suicide in 2019 after sharing a series of tweets on social media expressing her frustration at the renewal of Fresh Off the Boat, which she was in at the time played the lead role.
In a statement announcing her tentative return to Twitter, the Hustlers and Crazy Rich Asians star said she was “terrified of going back to social media because it almost cost me my life.”
“After a little break from Hollywood and a a lot of I’m feeling well enough after therapy to venture back here (at least for a little bit). And while I’m scared, I’ve decided that I owe it to myself from three years ago to be brave and share my story so it can help someone with theirs,” Constance wrote.
In May 2019, Constance, who was then starring on ABC’s groundbreaking sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, posted multiple tweets expressing frustration at the network renewing the show for its final season. “So upset right now I’m literally crying,” she said in a now-deleted tweet on the day the network made the announcement.
After much social media uproar, Constance later explained her frustration stemmed from the fact that the show’s extension meant she had to “ditch another project that was really close to my heart,” she wrote on Twitter. “So my dismayed responses on social media were more related to this other project and not FOTB.”
On Thursday, she further elaborated that among the “serious” social media comments she received in response to her tweets were messages “from another Asian actress” telling Constance, “I would plague the Asian.” – become an American community. ”
“I started to feel like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore,” Constance wrote Thursday, describing how the news made her feel like “a shame” for Asian Americans.
“Looking back, it’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my own life, but that’s exactly what happened,” she continued. “Luckily, a friend found me and took me to the emergency room.”
Constance described how the situation “made me reevaluate a lot of things in my life,” including getting off social media and pausing her career to prioritize her mental health. She urged other Asian Americans to talk more about mental health and not avoid “the more uncomfortable issues in our community.”
The actress – who currently stars in Amazon series The Terminal List – also announced that she has written a book called Making A Scene “to reach out to people and help them talk about the awkward things that to understand, anticipate and open pathways to healing.”
“If we want to be seen, Yes, really seen … we have to leave Everyone seen of ourselves, including the parts we fear or are ashamed of — parts that, however imperfect, require care and attention,” she said. “And we need to stop beating ourselves up (and ourselves) if we do that.”
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https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/constance-wu-fresh-off-the-boat-tweets_uk_62d11e69e4b04aa0fe662621 Constance Wu Shares She Nearly Died By Suicide After Backlash To Tweets