Constance Wu Attempted Suicide After Receiving Harsh Tweet Response to ‘Fresh Off the Boat’
Finally making her return to Twitter after nearly three years, Constance Wu announced her new book “Making a Scene” and revealed she had attempted suicide in the wake of the reaction she faced in 2019. Social media was upset at Wu when she voiced unhappiness over her ABC series “Fresh Off the Boat” getting renewed.
“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,” Wu writes in a statement. “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, 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.”
When Wu found out that her ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” had been renewed for a second season in 2019, she was understandably upset. When asked how she was feeling, the actor responded, “So upset right now that I am literally crying.” Ugh. F—-” and “F—ing hell.” When a commenter congratulated her on the renewal, calling it “Great news,” Wu responded back: “No it’s not.”
Wu went on to explain that she had been furious at the time because the renewal of “Fresh Off the Boat” would force her to reject a pet project. The television part she had been playing had become “easy and pleasant,” she said, and she was hoping the new endeavour would have presented new challenges.
“It was a scary moment that made me reassess a lot in my life,” Wu says of her suicide attempt. “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. 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.”
Wu concluded her statement as follows:“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.”