Yesterday, a meme poking fun at Prison Break star Wentworth Miller’s weight gain started making its internet rounds by way of British humor site The LADBible. The meme joked that Wentworth had discovered McDonald’s Monopoly game since breaking out of prison on the show.
“In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons,” he shared. “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.”
Miller added that his depression prompted “self-destructive” behavior.
“In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction,” he continued. “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 fucking deal.”
Paparazzi photos of him hiking resulted in “Hunk to Chunk”-style articles. Now, however, the Actor says those photos remind him of his struggle, as well of his endurance and perseverance.
He continued, “like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.”
Miller ended the post by urging those with suicidal feelings to seek help. We sincerely hope he can tune out the internet meme ridicule and continue to focus on what’s most important, his health and well-being.
TheLADBible later issued an apology and deleted the post from their site.