Constance Wu has revealed she attempted suicide after an “Asian actress” told her she was a “nuisance” to her community after responding to tweets she made three years ago about the renewal of Fresh Off The Boat had made.
Wu made the revelation in a lengthy statement that was sent to her Twitter account as she returned to social media for the first time in almost three years.
Recalling the “serious” criticism she received at the time of her tweets in 2019, the 40-year-old star said she felt “don’t deserve to live anymore” after allegedly receiving hurtful messages from the unknown actress had received.
Constance Wu attempted suicide after facing ‘severe’ backlash over her comments about Fresh Off The Boat being renewed; pictured January 2020
Wu said she was found by a friend after she attempted suicide and taken to the emergency room.
,Hello, everyone. I haven’t been on social media in almost 3 years. Tbh I’m a little scared but I’m dipping my toe again to say I’m here and while I’ve been away I’ve written a book called Making a Scene.
“It’s hard to talk about this next part…but I was scared to get back on social media because I almost lost my life doing it: 3 years ago when I received careless tweets about the renewal of my TV show did, it ignited outrage and internet shame, which got pretty violent.
“I felt horrible about what I had said, and when a few DMs from an Asian actress told me I’d become a nuisance to the Asian-American community, I started to feel like I didn’t even have it more deserved to live.
“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 exactly what happened. Luckily a friend found me and took me to the emergency room.”
In her lengthy statement, Wu described the pain of being iced over in the face of tweets from her Asian-American peers and how that ultimately taught her the importance of reaching out to others going through tough times.
Her book Making a Scene was inspired by her desire to help people.
“It was a scary moment that made me rethink a lot of my life. For the next several years, I put my career aside to focus on my mental health. AsAms don’t talk enough about mental health. While we’re quick to celebrate representation wins, there’s a lot of avoidance in our community for more troubling issues.
Wu pictured on an episode of her hit ABC series Fresh Off The Boat
“Even my tweets became such a sensitive topic that most of my AsAm colleagues decided it was time to avoid me or ice me out. I admit it hurt a lot, but it also showed me the importance of reaching out and caring for people who are going through a difficult time.
“That’s why I wrote my book and that’s why I’m here today – to reach people and help them to talk about the uncomfortable things, to understand them, to expect them and to open paths to healing.
“If we want to be seen, truly seen…we must let ourselves be seen, including the parts we fear or are ashamed of — parts that, however imperfect, require care and attention.” . And we need to stop hitting each other (and ourselves) when we do that.”
Wu said she decided to return to social media after her break from showbiz and “a lot of therapy.”
Wu faced backlash in 2019 after posting several strongly worded tweets about Fresh Off The Boat being renewed for a sixth season
“While my book isn’t always the most flattering portrayal, it’s as honest as I can be. Because the truth is I’m not balanced or graceful or perfect. i am emotional I make mistakes…lots of them!
“After a bit of a break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I feel well enough to venture back here (at least for a little bit). And while I’m scared, I’ve decided that I owe it to my self from 3 years ago to be brave and share my story so it can help someone with theirs.
Wu faced backlash in 2019 after posting several strongly worded tweets about Fresh Off The Boat being renewed for a sixth season.
“I’m so upset right now I’m literally crying. Ugh F***,” she tweeted in May 2019.
Wu was upset that her hit ABC series Fresh Off The Boat was renewed for a sixth season
“Damn shit,” she added.
Wu also said to another Twitter user who congratulated her and said the extension was “great news,” “No, it’s not.”
She also wrote the phrase “Dislike” under a post on the show’s official Instagram page announcing the renewal.
Shortly after her emotional reaction, Wu explained that her now-deleted tweets were only because she was disappointed at having missed another opportunity.
Wu tried to clarify the situation, saying she was disappointed because “I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about.”
Fresh Off The Boat followed hip-hop obsessed teenager Eddie Huang (played by Hudson Yang) as he navigated a family move from Washington DC to suburban Orlando, Florida during the height of the ’90s
“I love FOTB. I wasn’t temporarily upset bc yesterday [sic] I hate the show but bc [sic] Its renewal meant that I had to give up another project that was really close to my heart. So my dismayed responses on social media were more related to this other project and not FOTB,” Wu tweeted.
“I’ve been able to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand. So playing Jessica is fun and easy and enjoyable. I work with a friendly and pleasant cast/crew. That makes it all pretty enjoyable – so obviously I don’t mind doing a show that’s fun and easy and enjoyable.
“But in general I have always sought artistic challenge over comfort and ease. I was disappointed that I couldn’t do that other project – because that other project would have challenged me as an artist – that other project would have been really tough and not easy or enjoyable at all,” she added.
However, many fans felt the damage was already done, as Wu’s initial reaction was “ungrateful” and “spoiled.”
In conversation with the Los Angeles TimesConstance admitted her comments were a bit “dramatic,” but that she was only emotional because the renewal collided with another project she was looking forward to.
“I’m dramatic. i am emotional But they also know that doesn’t represent me because they have a hundred behaviors that prove otherwise,” she said.
Fresh Off The Boat was finally canceled after its sixth season in 2020.
It followed hip-hop obsessed teenager Eddie Huang (played by Hudson Yang) as he navigated a family move from Washington DC to suburban Orlando, Florida during the height of the ’90s. The story is loosely adapted from chef Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name.
Wu played easygoing mother Jessica, while Randall Park starred as father Louis, the couple’s more fun-loving and impulsive half. Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen played Eddie’s brothers while Lucille Soong played his grandmother.