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Prison Break star Wentworth Miller hits back after LAD Bible's body-shaming meme

'The meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness'

The LAD Bible entertainment website has apologised after posting a body-shaming meme of actor Wentworth Miller who said it "hurt to breathe" and reminded him of a time when he was suicidal, when he saw it.

The British-born actor wrote that the meme “stands out" from others as it reminds him of a difficult period in his personal life.

The actor who is best known for his role as Michael Scofield in Prison Break posted a screen-grab of the meme on his official Facebook page which shows two pictures of himself in a bid to show his contrasting weight.

He said: "Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time.

"This one, however, stands out from the rest.

"In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons.

"First and foremost, I was suicidal."

He writes how he was keeping a low profile and was suffering in silence and that "very very few" knew what he was going through. He said he turned to food for comfort.

"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 favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be."

He recalled being snapped by the paparazzi while out on a hike which led to media headlines commenting on his weight.

"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."

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

Addressing the meme he said it "hurt to breathe" when he saw it.

He added: "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.

LAD Bible has more than 11million followers and it appears the post has been removed. In a public status addressed to the actor it apologised.

It said: "Wentworth Miller,

"We posted two pictures of you last night to our Facebook page, but today 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.

"The LAD Bible continues to cover how prevalent mental health issues are among our audience, as well as the damaging stigma that surrounds such matters.

"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.

"Once again, we got this very wrong, and we wanted to say sorry."

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