Constance Wu returns to Twitter for the first time in almost three years to announce her new book, Make a sceneand to reveal that she attempted suicide followed Backlash erupted against her in 2019.
Social media outraged Wu after she expressed disappointment over her ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat is being renewed.
“I’m afraid to go back to social media because I almost lost my life because of it: 3 years ago, when I posted careless tweets about renewing my TV show, it caused outrage and shame. on the internet became quite serious,” Wu wrote in a statement.
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“I felt terrible about what I had to say, and when a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me I was going to be a loser in the Asian-American community, I started I feel like I’m not even worth living anymore.
“That I am a disgrace to AsAms [Asian Americans], and they would be better off without me. Looking back, it’s weird that a few DMs convinced me to end my own life, but that’s what happened. Luckily, a friend found me and took me to the emergency room. “
Back in 2019, Wu reacted with disappointment to the news that her ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat has been extended for another season.
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The actor tweeted at the time: “So sad I’m literally crying. Ugh. F—-” and “F-ing hell.” When one user congratulated her on the renewal, calling it “Great news,” Wu commented back, “No, it’s not.”
Wu continued to clarify her comments, saying that she was upset because Fresh Off the Boat renewal means she will have to turn down a passion project.
She noted that her TV role has become “easy and pleasant”, and that she is looking for further challenges, which she feels the new project will provide.
“It was a scary moment that made me re-evaluate so many things in my life,” Wu wrote of his suicidal thoughts.
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“For the next few years, I’m putting my career aside to focus on my mental health,” she wrote.
“AsAms doesn’t talk about mental health enough. While we’re quick to celebrate our representative win, there’s a lot to avoid around the more nasty issues in our community.
“Even my tweets became such an emotional topic that most of my AsAm colleagues decided it was time to avoid me or get rid of me.
“I admit it hurts a lot, but it also makes me realize how important it is to reach out and care for people who are going through a difficult time.”
Wu wrote at the end of his statement: “After a break in Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I feel fine enough to come back here (at least a little bit).
“And even though I was scared, I decided that I owe it to the me of 3 years ago to be brave and share my story so it can help someone with them.”
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