This is so sad. ‘Prison Break’ star, Wentworth Miller posted a lengthy open letter to his fans on Facebook telling fans that he’s incredibly hurt that he is being fat-shamed over a photo from 2010 and that no one should be made to feel ashamed for something he’s struggled with his whole life.
Wentworth Miller was at the center of a malicious meme on March 28. The pic showed him looking toned and in shape, alongside a pic of him from six years ago, much heavier. He did not want to ignore this and instead he took a stand against all the haters who think it’s okay to fat-shame someone when they have no clue what the person was going through at the time. Wentworth says that he was “suicidal” and going through a horrible “depression” when these pictures were taken and now he wants to share his story with the world.
Wentworth’s Facebook letter was open and incredibly heartfelt. “Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest. In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal. 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. 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.
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. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be. And I put on weight. Big f**king deal.”
He went on to say that when this pic was taken he was actually hiking and had no idea that paparazzi were taking pics of him. “One day, out for a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, we crossed paths with a film crew shooting a reality show. Unbeknownst to me, paparazzi were circling. They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. ‘Hunk To Chunk.’ ‘Fit To Flab.’ My mother has one of those “friends” who’s always the first to bring you bad news. They clipped one of these articles from a popular national magazine and mailed it to her. She called me, concerned. In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed. Long story short, I survived. So do those pictures. I’m glad.”
But Wentworth says that despite the pain these pictures bring back, he says that this should be a lesson to the world not to judge anyone on physical appearances. “Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without. Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist. Anyway. Still. Despite. 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. Of myself and others. If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They’re waiting to hear from you. Much love. – W.M.”
HollywoodLifers, have you ever been fat-shamed?