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

Mar 29, 2016 at 5:10 p.m. ET
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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.

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"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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