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Actor Constance Wu Reveals She Tried To Take Her Own Life After 'Severe' Twitter Backlash

Actor Constance Wu Reveals She Tried To Take Her Own Life After 'Severe' Twitter Backlash
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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

Actor Constance Wu has revealed that she attempted suicide following the Twitter uproar erupted over controversial comments she made about the ABC sitcom she appeared in, Fresh Off the Boat.

Wu shared her story in a post to Twitter which marks the first time she has appeared on the social media platform since the controversy three years ago.

The firestorm began when Wu tweeted that she was unhappy with the renewal of Fresh Off the Boat, because it meant she would have to decline another project.

But since the show was the first sitcom centered on an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho's All-American Girl went off the air in 1995, the comments set off an immediate backlash in the media and on platforms like Twitter.

Wu says even fellow Asian-Americans excoriated her for her comments and accused her of betraying her own ethnic community.

In the statement she posted, seen below, Wu described the harrowing events that culminated in a terrifying close-call with suicide.

In the statement, Wu wrote that she was terrified to be rejoining social media after everything that went down three years ago.

"I was afraid of coming back on social media because I almost lost my life from it: 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."

She went on to describe how the backlash made her feel at the time.

"I felt awful about what I'd said, and 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."
"That I was a disgrace to AsAms, and they'd be better off without me."

Wu called the experience "surreal."

"Looking back it's surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my own life, but that's what happened. Luckily, a friend found me and rushed me to the ER."

Nowadays, Wu says she is on the mend after having "put my career aside to focus on my mental health." She's written a memoir about the experience that she hopes will help others who struggle with mental health issues.

On Twitter, Wu's statement generated an outpouring of support.

Others used Wu's story as a sort of cautionary tale for the way social media is all to frequently used to abuse others.

Wu concluded her statement by saying that though she is "scared" to be returning to social media, she hopes it will help her heal and provide opportunities to "share my story so that it might help someone with theirs."


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at