Constance Wu reveals she attempted suicide after 2019 Twitter response – National

WARNING – Suicide is mentioned in this article. The reader’s discretion is advised.

After a three-year hiatus from social media, actor Constance Wu returned to Twitter on Thursday to talk about her break from acting and how cruelty she faced online led her to commit suicide.

The Crazy Rich Asians star addressed the response she received in 2019 when she tweeted about the renewal of Hot off the press (FOTB) – a series she starred in at the time.

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At the time, Wu tweeted that she was “so upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F–k” after learning that the series was being renewed for a sixth season.

She sent out a follow-up tweet saying, “F–king hell.”

The tweets have since been deleted.

And while she defended the tweets at the time, saying she was disappointed in the extension because it meant she had to sideline another important project, Thursday’s post said the response was far more damaging than she ever let on.

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“I was afraid to come back on social media because it almost lost my life: three years ago, when I posted careless tweets about my TV show revamp, it caused outrage and internet shaming that got pretty serious,” Wu wrote.

“I felt terrible about what I had said, and when a couple of DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me I was going to be a plague to the Asian-American community, I felt like I didn’t even deserve to say more. That I was a disgrace to AsAms (Asian Americans), and that they would be better off without me.”

Wu said a friend found her during a suicide attempt and took her to the emergency room.

“AsAms don’t talk enough about mental health,” Wu continued. “While we quickly celebrate Representatives’ victories, much is avoided around the more inconvenient issues within our community. Even my tweets became a topic so sensitive that most of my AsAm colleagues decided now was the right time to avoid or exclude me.

“After a short break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I feel well enough to continue here (at least for a little bit),” the actor concluded, followed by information for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Constance Wu as character Jessica in the series ‘Fresh Off the Boat.’.

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In 2019, Wu told the Los Angeles Times that she reacted furiously to her show’s revamp because she “had this moment of heat where I got upset because I had to give up a job that I was looking forward to and had been looking forward to for a while.” . .”

She also said she was surprised when the tweets made headlines.

“I don’t beat myself up for it because I know myself,” she said. “But I don’t think I realized people were paying so much attention to my Twitter.”

She also released a statement at the time trying to explain why she was upset.

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Wu gave a more in-depth explanation for her outburst in a statement.

“I love FOTB. I was temporarily upset yesterday, not because I hate the show, but (because) its renewal meant giving up another project that I was really passionate about. So my stunned reactions on social media were more about that other project and not about FOTB,” the actress wrote in a statement posted to Twitter, which has since been deleted.

“But I understand how that can feel interconnected and get confused. So here I am untangling it with my truth: FOTB is a great show that I am proud of and enjoy. I have been able to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand. So playing Jessica is fun, easy and enjoyable.”

FILE – Constance Wu arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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She went on to say that she “obviously” doesn’t hate “doing a show that’s fun and easy and enjoyable. But in general, I’ve always sought artistic challenge over comfort and convenience.”

Wu clarified that she was upset that she wouldn’t be able to work on another project “because the other project would have challenged me as an artist.”

“Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I prioritize artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird.”

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Wu said her words were “insensitive to those who are struggling, especially insensitive given that I was also in that struggle. I’m sorry about that and it wasn’t fun and I’m sorry.”

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In an emergency you can call 112 for immediate assistance.

Visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention for a list of support services in your area.

Read more about how you can help someone in crisis.

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