Pop Minute

Home    Photos    Videos    What's on TV Tonight

Wentworth Miller Reveals Struggles With Weight After Viral Fat-Shaming Meme

Wentworth Miller has written a brutally honest response after a fat-shaming meme featuring the actor went viral.

The meme featured side-by-side photos of Miller, a promotional still of his tattooed and shirtless body from 'Prison Break', side by side with a photo from a few years after the show wrapped in which he's looking heftier in a red T-shirt.

The punchline reads: "When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald's monopoly."

But Miller says with all his struggles with weight he doesn't find it all that funny.

"Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest," he begins.

"In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal. This is a subject I've since written about, spoken about, shared about."

"But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle known to very, very few. Ashamed and in pain, I considered myself damaged goods. And the voices in my head urged me down the path to self-destruction. Not for the first time."

"I've struggled with depression since childhood. It's a battle that's cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights."

"In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through."

"There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be."

"And I put on weight. Big f--king deal."

"One day, out for a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, we crossed paths with a film crew shooting a reality show. Unbeknownst to me, paparazzi were circling. They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. Hunk To Chunk. Fit To Flab. Etc."

"My mother has one of those 'friends' who's always the first to bring you bad news. They clipped one of these articles from a popular national magazine and mailed it to her. She called me, concerned."

"In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed. Long story short, I survived."

"So do those pictures. I'm glad. Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle."

"My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without. Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist."

"Anyway. Still. Despite. The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe."

"But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness. Of myself and others."

"If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They're waiting to hear from you. Much love."

The brutally honest post on the star's Facebook page has already been liked over 255,000 times.

March 29, 2016 |

Related Posts
  Dominic Purcell Credits Wentworth Miller For DC Comics Role, 'Prison Break' Return
  CW Plans 'Flash' and 'Arrow' Spinoff With Brandon Routh and Wentworth Miller
  'Prison Break's Wentworth Miller Says He Tried Committing Suicide Over Being Gay
  Wentworth Miller Comes Out As Gay Refusing Invite To Russian Film Festival
  'Prison Break's Wentworth Miller With Full Head of Hair




© Copyright & Privacy Policy Pop Minute. All rights reserved. | Feedback