Last week, Wentworth was the subject of a meme shared by the ever-tasteful Lad Bible’s Facebook page, which compared a picture of him at the height of this fame in ‘Prison Break’ to a photo taken after the show ended.
The before-and-after pictures, which received upwards of 100,000 shares, were accompanied by the caption: “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s Monopoly.”
Responding to the viral post, Wentworth spoke about his past struggles with depression, stating that he felt suicidal at the end of ‘Prison Break’, and turned to food as a coping mechanism.
He said: “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.
“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. And I put on weight. Big f--king 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.”
Wentworth continued: “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. 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.”
Read his full comment below:
The Lad Bible have now responded to Wentworth’s Facebook page, admitting they “got it wrong” by mocking his weight gain, which came at one of his more vulnerable moments.
Addressing Wentworth directly, they said: “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.
“TheLADbible 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.