After publicly announcing he is a gay man, “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller is opening up about the personal demons he faced before coming out, including a suicide attempt when he was just a teenager.
The 41-year-old actor was a special guest at the Human Rights Campaign Seattle Gala on Saturday, Sept. 7. At the podium, Miller discussed his closeted past, revealing he first attempted suicide at just 15 years old.
He went on to say that, after becoming famous for his role in the hit Fox series, he had multiple opportunities to come out, but he chose not to “because when I thought about the possibility about coming out, and about how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear.”
Gay rumors surrounded the action star for years. He dismissed the gossip in 2007, telling German InStyle that he wanted to have a girlfriend and a family someday, but that he had not “met the right one” yet.
But Miller decided to come out as gay last month in a letter declining an invitation to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. He rejected the offer due to the country’s anti-gay laws, reasoning that he cannot participate in a celebratory event in a place where “people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
After coming out, Miller was praised by his peers, including his former “Prison Break” co-stars and “White Collar” actor Matt Bomer.