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Prison Break Star Wentworth Miller Admits to Suicide Attempt

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09/09/2013 12:42 pm
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Prison Break Star Wentworth Miller Admits to Suicide Attempt

Rosie Clarke


Staff Writer

 

Wentworth Miller is one of the last decade’s biggest TV stars but recent revelations hint that his life hasn’t always been such a dream come true.

Miller came out as gay last month and has since conceded to attempting suicide as a teenager. He spoke about the traumatic incident at a Human Rights Campaign gala on Saturday.

“The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15,” he said during his speech at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, “I waited until my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple days, but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on a bus back to school pretending everything was fine. And when someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I say no, because I told no one.”

Miller went on to explain why he waited so many years to come out publicly. “I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which was that I was gay. But I chose not to. I was out in private, to family and friends… but professionally, publicly, I was not.”

It wasn’t until he was invited to appear at Russia’s St. Petersburg Film Festival that he decided to make a statement. “As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline,” Miller wrote in a letter he sent to the festival director, Maria Averbakh, and later posted online.

The prevalence of suicide amongst LGBT youth is a major issue in our world, and if Wentworth Miller is able to influence a single person for the better by sharing his story then we applaud his bravery in speaking out.

Miller’s upcoming project is a thriller called The Loft, and he is has written several other screen projects we hope to hear more about soon. 

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