Constance Wu Attempted Suicide After ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Tweets.

Constance Wu Attempted Suicide After ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Tweets.

Constance Wu attempted suicide after the negative reaction to Fresh Off the Boat in 2019.

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She shares her story. Constance Wu talks about the criticism she’s faced since her show’s 2019 renewal Fresh off the boatrevealing that he was considering suicide amid the backlash.

“Hi everyone. I haven’t been on social media in almost 3 years. Tbh I’m a little scared but I’m dipping my toe back in to say I’m here and while I’ve been gone I’ve written a book called Creating a scene,” on Crazy rich Asians The 40-year-old actress began in a lengthy statement shared via Twitter on Thursday, July 14. All other posts on her account appeared to have been deleted.

Wu told her followers that her experience online was “hard to talk about,” explaining why she was so hesitant to return to the platform. “I was afraid to get back on social media because I almost lost my life doing it: 3 years ago when I made some careless tweets about the renewal of my TV show, it caused outrage and internet shaming that got pretty bad,” she continued. “I felt terrible about what I had said, and when a few DMs from another Asian actress told me that I had become a stain on the Asian American community, I started to feel like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore. That I was a disgrace to the AsAms and they would be better off without me. Looking back, it’s surreal that several DMs convinced me to end my life, but it happened. Luckily, a friend found me and rushed me to the emergency room.

The Virginia native came under fire in 2019 for expressing her frustration when ABC Fresh off the boat, which debuted in 2015, has been renewed for another season. “I’m so upset right now I’m literally crying. ugh F—k,” Wu tweeted at the time. “Damn it”

When one social media user congratulated her on the career news, calling it “awesome,” Wu replied, “No, it’s not.”

After raising eyebrows with her comments, the actress went on to clarify that her commitment to the series forced her to step away from a different project she was “really passionate about” due to the renewal. “So my horrified responses on social media were more about this other project and not about FOTB,” she said at the time. “These words are my truth. I hope you can hear them.

Wu explained at the time that he wanted to delve deeper into his craft after playing an “easygoing and likable” character on the series for so long. The Golden Globe nominee stars alongside him Randall Park in the series, which shows the life of an Asian-American family in Florida in the 1990s. Fresh off the boat ended in 2020 after six seasons.

In her lengthy note to fans, Wu said the backlash — and her own response to it — gave her a new perspective. “It was a scary moment that made me reevaluate a lot of my life,” he said Crooks star wrote on Thursday. “Over the next few years, I put my career aside to focus on my mental health. [Asian-Americans] don’t talk enough about mental health. While we’re quick to celebrate performance victories, there’s a lot of avoidance of the more inconvenient issues in our community.”

Although the criticism “hurt a lot,” Wu said the situation “made me realize how important it is to reach out and care for people who are going through a difficult time.”

She owned up to “[making] mistakes…lots of them!” and encouraged those who read her book to “reach out and help people talk about the uncomfortable stuff,” even if it’s challenging. “After a little break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I’m feeling well enough to venture back here (at least for a little while),” she concluded. “And even though I’m scared, I decided I owed it to me from 3 years ago to be brave and share my story so it can help someone with theirs.”

If you or someone you know is emotionally distressed or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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