The Lad Bible 'sorry' for Wentworth Miller meme as star reveals depression

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The Lad Bible has said sorry to Wentworth Miller for an internet meme making fun of his weight gain.

"We want to say we've got this very, very wrong. Mental health is no joke or laughing matter," it posted on Facebook.

"We certainly didn't want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life."

Earlier, Miller said he had been the subject of jokes before but that this one "stands out from the rest".

"In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons," he explains to fans on Facebook.

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"First and foremost, I was suicidal. This is a subject I've since written about, spoken about, shared about.

"But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do.

"The extent of my struggle known to very, very few."

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The Lad Bible also posted: "We applaud your raw honesty and promise to now cover such matters in the responsible manner that our audience expects.

"Responding head-on to our post is something we applaud as it will help others through similar challenges in their lives."

"I've struggled with depression since childhood," Miller explained in his long letter.

"It's a battle that's cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights."

Prison Break, the show in which Wentworth found fame, ended in 2009.

"In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food.

"It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through.

"There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favourite meal and a new episode of Top Chef. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be.

"And I put on weight. Big deal.

"One day, out for a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, we crossed paths with a film crew shooting a reality show.

"Unbeknownst to me, paparazzi were circling. They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. "Hunk To Chunk." "Fit To Flab." Etc.

"My mother has one of those "friends" who's always the first to bring you bad news. They clipped one of these articles from a popular national magazine and mailed it to her. She called me, concerned.

"In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed.

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Prison Break will be coming back to television for at least 10 new episodes

"Long story short, I survived.

"So do those pictures.

"I'm glad.

"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.

"Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.

"Anyway. Still. Despite.

"The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe. But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness.

"Of myself and others.

"If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They're waiting to hear from you. Much love. - W.M."

Wentworth Miller, 43, has been playing Leonard Snart/Captain Cold in The Flash since 2014 and its spin-off show, Legends of Tomorrow, since earlier this year and has appeared in several Resident Evil films.

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