September 11, 2013 | by Phil Reese
Wentworth Miller says he considered suicide
Wentworth Miller, Prison Break, gay news, Washington Blade

‘Prison Break’ star Wentworth Miller told an audience of HRC supporters that he attempted suicide as a teenager because of distress about his sexual orientation. (Photo by watchwithkristin via Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE — Newly out “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller told an audience of Human Rights Campaign supporters last weekend that he attempted suicide as a teenager while struggling with his sexual orientation.

“The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15,” Miller said in the speech posted to YouTube this week. “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.”

“You only cry for help if there is help to cry for.”

Miller came out last month while declining an invitation to a film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, citing the nation’s recently passed anti-gay laws. Miller was long rumored to be gay, but said he had feared the repercussions on his career if he were to come out.

 

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