AceShowbiz - Constance Wu has opened up about one of her darkest moments. In her first Twitter post in three years, the "Crazy Rich Asians" leading lady admitted that she attempted suicide after earning backlash over her infamous outburst about "Fresh Off the Boat".
The 40-year-old began her Thursday, July 14 statement by writing, "I was afraid of coming back on social media because I almost lost my life from it." She added, "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."
"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," she further shared. "That I was a disgrace to AsAms, and they'd be better off without me."
"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 rushed me to the ER. It was a scary moment that made me reassess a lot in my life," the actress recalled. "For the next few years, I put my career aside to focus on my mental health."
Wu continued, "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. 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." She then concluded, "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."
Wu came under fire after "Fresh Off the Boat" was renewed for a sixth season in 2019. She confessed that she was "so upset" and "literally crying." The following day, Wu explained her continued commitment to the show meant she was forced to "give up another project that I was really passionate about."