One of the perks to being a celebrity is being photographed in the latest outfits, hairstyles, and accessories because, as a famous person, you are a designer’s dream. One of the downsides to being a celebrity is being photographed in a less than dreamlike state. While female stars of music, movies, television, and social media bear the brunt of criticism when it comes to their physical appearance, their male colleagues are not immune to snide remarks on talk shows and online taunts.
Wentworth Miller rose to fame as Michael Scofield on Prison Break and currently plays Leonard Snart/Captain Cold on DC's Legends of Tomorrow. When he took a break from acting in 2010, he was on an admitted “path to self-destruction,” including thoughts of suicide. Writing on his Facebook account, he said, “I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything.”
With food as his comfort and his constant, Miller began to gain weight. When the paparazzi spotted him in a t-shirt and sweatpants on a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, they took his picture. Years later, it circulated online, as outlets such as The LAD Bible included captions comparing his larger self to past photos where he was noticeably thinner as a point of ridicule.
In his Facebook post, Miller finds strength in looking back at this moment that initially made him “hurt to breathe,” but now “when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without.”
He ends his post by urging people to reach out to those in their lives who are struggling with mental issues, and provides links to several websites including American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Active Minds, and The Trevor Project.
After Miller’s Facebook response, the LAD Bible issued an apology on their Facebook page. “(We) want to say we’ve got this very, very wrong. Mental health is no joke or laughing matter. We certainly didn’t want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life. Causing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable.” They have also removed the earlier post. You can read Miller's post on the topic below: