Talk about a moving moment. Over 7,000 fans held up candles after the ‘Supernatural’ panel at Comic-Con, showing support to star Jared Padalecki, who has publicly struggled with depression over the past year.
In support of Jared Padalecki‘s “Always Keep Fighting” campaign, which he started to help people struggling with self-injury, depression, addiction and suicide, fans caught the actor by surprise holding up candles that had been handed out before Supernatural’s Comic-Con panel on July 12. Jared even choked up afterward!
The candles also came with a note that read:
Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not seven the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness…And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire…Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.
Following the presentation, Jared spoke to E! to say thank you and revealed that he had a hard time not crying! And, yes, he did have tears in his eyes.
“I’m holding the candle in my pocket right now, I can’t let go of it,” he said. “At first I didn’t know what it is. I thought people were holding up their iPhones or something. And then someone handed me the note explaining it and I found out what was really going on. It took everything in my power not to cry.”
Jared Shares Support With Fans
He later continued, explaining that he’s still dealing with some issues and wants fans to know that he supports them just like he feels they support him. “I love them all very much. I really do. Fight for each other. Love each other. Always keep fighting. I’m so humbled.”
In May, Jared canceled an appearance, scaring fans. Just five months before, he opened up to our sister site Variety about his struggle with depression. However, he created Always Keep Fighting alongside his friends at To Write Love on Her Arms, another organization helping those struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction and suicide.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, and we can’t say we disagree. We wish all the best to Jared.
— Emily Longeretta