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Wu opens up about suicide attempt


Actor Constance Wu said she attempted suicide three years ago after receiving backlash for tweets she wrote about “Fresh Off the Boat.”

In a statement shared on Twitter, Wu said she was making her return to social media after a threeyear hiatus. “I was afraid of coming back on social media because I almost lost my life from it,” Wu said. “3 years ago, when I made careless tweets about the renewal of my TV show, it ignited outrage and internet shaming that got pretty severe.”

The tweets in question were published in 2019, after it was announced that the ABC sitcom was renewed for another season, Variety reported.

Wu expressed some frustratio­n about the show’s continuati­on. “So upset right now that I’m literally crying,” Wu wrote, according to Variety.

When a Twitter user said the show’s renewal was “great news,” Wu responded, saying, “No it’s not,” according to Variety.

Wu later apologized for the comments and clarified them, saying that she loved the show, but would be forced to give up a project that she was “really passionate about” in order to keep playing her role, Buzzfeed reported in 2019. Wu opened up about the incident more in her recent Twitter statement, saying that she “felt awful” about what she said.

“When a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me I’d become a blight on the Asian American community, I started feeling like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore,” Wu wrote. “That I was a disgrace to (Asian Americans), and they’d be better off without me.”

“Looking back, it’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my

own life, but that’s what happened,” Wu said. “Luckily, a friend found me and rushed me to the ER.”

Wu said it was a “scary moment” that made her “reassess a lot” and focus on her mental health. Wu shared that “after a little break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy,” she feels prepared to step back into the public eye.

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 ?? JAY L. CLENDENIN/LOS ANGELES TIMES 2019 ?? Constance Wu shared a statement on Twitter about her suicide attempt.
JAY L. CLENDENIN/LOS ANGELES TIMES 2019 Constance Wu shared a statement on Twitter about her suicide attempt.

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