Constance Wu Opens Up About Her Mental Health in a Raw Twitter Post


(Content warning: This post contains discussion of suicide.)

Actor Constance Wu—who left social media three years old amosting likely to after expressing disappointment with the renewal of her show Fresh Off the Boat on Twitter—made it known in a statement on Thursday that the blowback from her comments compromised her mental health to the point that she considered suicide.

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“I felt awful about what I’d said, and also 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. 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 also rushed me to the ER,” Wu wrote on Twitter, pointing to the systemic lack of conversation and also resources around Asian American mental health as a factor that made her feel particularly isolated.

Wu noted in her post that she felt ready to start using social media again “after a little break from Hollywood and also a lot of therapy.” She added that she wrote her book—2019’s Making a Scene, a memoir about Wu’s suburban childhood, path to acting, and also the difficulties of being an Asian American woman in Hollywood—to start a dialogue about “the uncomfortable stuff.”

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