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Wentworth Miller on surviving painful body-shaming that almost killed him

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Prison Break's Wentworth Miller writes amazing post about persevering through life's darkest days

Wentworth Miller is taking back power from Internet trolls who love nothing more than to tear others down, with a Facebook post about a cruel meme.

Miller, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role in Prison Break, has been open about his journey through depression and suicidal thoughts, but the issue came to a head again when a fat-shaming meme about him resurfaced online.

Rather than suffer in silence as the butt of a mean joke, Miller took the opportunity to inspire others who are the victims of cyberbullying.

Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the...

Posted by Wentworth Miller on Monday, March 28, 2016

"In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile [sic] for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal," he wrote.

"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."

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He went on to describe finding out how cruel the media coverage of his changed appearance could be after a friend of his mother’s sent him clippings — and how he responded.

"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.

"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," he explained. "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."

Miller revealed he had attempted suicide several times as a teenager during the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Dinner, just months after coming out as gay. He will reprise his Prison Break role in mid-2016.

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