'Prison Break' Star Wentworth Miller Has a Heartwarming Message for LGBTQ Youth: 'Trust That People Are Out Th
By Latifah Muhammad
Wentworth Miller wants LGBTQ youth to keep the faith.
The Prison Break star shared the inspirational message in the cover story for Attitude magazine's 2016 Awards Issue.
"I would say what others have said: it gets better. One day, you'll find your tribe," Miller told the U.K. publication of young people grappling with their sexual identity. "You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are."
LGBTQ youth often endure bullying, and are at a higher risk for depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Miller, who attempted suicide for the first time when he was just 15, stressed a message of self love in the interview.
"The reality is you might have to be your own tribe," he added. "You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself."
The 44-year-old actor got candid about his suicidal past in March, after an old paparazzi was turned into a fat-shaming meme. Miller explained on Facebook that he was at a low point when the pic was snapped six years ago.
"In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal," Miller shared.
During what he called the “lowest point” of his life, Miller turned to food as a coping mechanism. He now sees the photo as a triumphant reminder of his struggle.
"The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe," he confessed. "But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness."