Constance Wu, popularly known for her role in “Crazy Rich Asians” has revealed that she attempted suicide after facing hate on social media platform. She has returned to Twitter after three years of disappearing from the eyes of fans and made shocking revelations in a long post.
The American actress was listed as one of the top 100 global influencers in 2017 by the Time Magazine. In 2019, the actress sent certain tweets criticizing a show called “Fresh Off The Boat.” However, her statements backfired as fans started calling her ungrateful.
The incident affected Wu to an extent where she quit social media and started thinking about ending her life. She has just returned to Twitter after three long years and posted everything that the fans wanted to know. Let’s learn more about it here.
What was the incident leading to Constance Wu’s Suicide Attempt?
Constance Wu shared a long post on Twitter revealing that she attempted suicide in 2019 after getting extreme hate and abuse on social media over series of tweets she sent out at the renewal of the ABC show “Fresh Off The Boat” for its sixth season.
Although she later followed up with posts expressing gratitude for the same and pride for working in the show, fans didn’t spare the actress and continued calling her out.
Wu tweeted things like “Fuc–ing hell” and “actually crying” after Fresh Off The Boat’s season six was announced in May 2019. She was a star in the show at that time. This made the popular comedy show’s fans infuriated and they started sending intense hate towards the actress.
Later, Wu made an appearance in the sixth and last season of Fresh Off The Boat. She also apologized for her insensitive remarks and explained how the show prevent her from working on any other projects and that’s why she said those words.
Why did Constance Wu attempted Suicide?
Constance Wu attempted suicide after several fans started criticizing her and sent hate after a string of Tweets sent by her about the renewal of ABC’s comedy show “Fresh Off The Boat.” The actress was initially not happy about the new season and expressed her frustration.
Fans didn’t like it and started calling her out. Some of them even started calling her “hypocrite” and “ungrateful.” In a long post on Thursday, Wu revealed that her suicide attempt came after criticism of her tweets that she sent carelessly and the controversy made her “suffocate.”
Some fans also accued Wu of defaming the Asian American community and this made her believe that she didn’t deserve to live.
She also revealed that it felt sad and terrible at the same time. Thus, she attempted suicide and nearly lost her life. Fortunately, a friend came to the rescude and rushed her to the Emergency Services.
“3 years ago, when I made careless tweets about the renewal of my TV show, it ignited outrage and internet shaming that got pretty sever. 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 wrote.
What else did she reveal in her long Twitter post?
In her long Twitter post on Thursday, Wu also talked about how the event caused her to rethink her life and put a clear focus on her mental health. She also explained that the subject people don’t talk enough about Asian Americans.
She remembers the event as a “Scary moment that made me reassess a lot in my life.” Wu didn’t appear in many movies and shows after the disgraceful incident and work only in a handful projects.
“While we’re quick to celebrate representation wins, there’s a lot of avoidance around the more uncomfortable issues within our community,” she wrote.
“Even my tweets became a subject so touch that most of my (Asian American) 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,” she added.
Constance Wu has written a book titled “Making A Scene”
Constance Wu also revealed that during her time away from social media, she wrote a book named “Making A Scene” which will help people talk about the difficult issues and find healing.
“Although I’m terrified, I’ve decided that I owe it to myself of three years ago to be brave and tell my story in the hopes that it could help someone with theirs. Making a Scene, her novel will be released in October,” she explained.
According to USA Today, her book wont offer “the most flattering portrayal of herself” but ultimately aims to “help people talk about the uncomfortable stuff in order to understand it, reckon with it, and open pathways to healing.”
Her book launches in October this year.
Constance Wu Early Life and Career
Constance Wu was born and brought up in Richmond, Virginia. Her father is a college professor and her mother works as a computer programmer. Both of them are Taiwanese immigrants and Wu is a renowned part of the Asian American community.
She was active in the Richmond community theatre scene as a child. At the age of 16, Wu relocated to New York City to attend the renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She has been active in the acting industry since then.
She started working in classical theatre before switching to the film industry. Wu made appearances in multiple Sundance Feature Films like 2006’s Stephanie Daley and 2007’s Year Of The Fish. She also worked in another Sundance Feature “Sound Of My Voice” in 2011.
Wu relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 to continue her career in films. Her most notable appearance came when she played Jessica Huang in ABC’s comedy series “Fresh Off The Boat” in 2015.
Her biggest hit was 2018’s romance comedy titled “Crazy Rich Asians” where she played Rachel Chu, an American college professor who dates Singaporean millionaire. A year later, the controversy regarding Fresh Off The Boat occured and she took time away from her career.
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