Constance Wu is speaking on her mental health.
After returning to social media for the first time in three years, Wu posted a lengthy statement that addressed what happened during her time away from social media.
Constance Wu Shares How She Attempted Suicide After Backlash From Posting To Twitter About ‘Fresh Off the Boat’
Wu revealed that she had attempted suicide after the heat she received from her tweets about Fresh Off the Boat.
Back in 2019, Wu posted to Twitter how she was “really upset” about the show’s renewal, which led to furious fans who didn’t think the actress was grateful for her time on the ABC comedy.
In a new Twitter statement this past week, the actress wrote, “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 continued, “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.”
“Looking back,” wrote Wu, “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.”
The actress shared how it was “a scary moment that made me reassess a lot in my life.”
“For the next few years, I put my career aside to focus on my mental health. AsAms don’t talk about mental health enough. While we’re quick to celebrate representation wins, there’s a lot of avoidance around the more uncomfortable issues within our community,” she explained.
“Even my tweets became a subject so touchy that most of my AsAm colleagues decided that was the time to avoid me or ice me out. I’ll admit it hurt a lot, but it also made me realize how important it is to reach out and care for people who are going through a hard time.”
Due to this experience, Wu chose to write a book titled Making a Scene. The memoir, out Oct. 4, will see her recount deeply personal moments from her life across essays.
And by sharing her truth now, Wu says she hopes to “reach out and help people talk about the in order to understand it, reckon with it, and open pathways to healing.”
“If we want to be seen, really seen… we need to let all of ourselves be seen, including the parts we’re scared of or ashamed of — parts that, however imperfect, require care and attention,” she said.
“And we need to stop beating each other (and ourselves) up when we do. So while my book is not always the most flattering portrayal, it’s as honest as I know how to be. Because the truth is, I’m not poised or graceful or perfect. I’m emotional. I make mistakes … lots of ’em!”
Concluding her statement, she added, “After a little break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy I feel OK enough to venture back on here (at least for a little bit). And even though I’m scared, I’ve decided that I owe it to the me-of-3-years-ago to be brave and share my story so that it might help someone with theirs.”
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