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Wentworth Miller, star of 'Prison Break,' Opens Up About His Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

Wentworth Miller is 49 years old, yet he recently realized something about himself that most people learn when they are children. In a rare Instagram post on Tuesday, the Prison Break star stated that he has recently been diagnosed with autism and that the discovery had caused him to rethink his entire life through "a new lens."



The actor stated that the diagnosis was "a shock but not a surprise," implying that he had detected indicators of autism in himself prior to being professionally assessed. He opened his lengthy Instagram post, which featured a white box rather than a photo, by claiming that the quarantine time had taken many things away from people, but he was left with "surprise gifts."

"In the silence/isolation, I discovered unexpected treasures," he wrote. "It will be a year since I obtained my informal autism diagnosis this fall."



Wentworth emphasized that having an autism diagnosis at the age of 49 is unusual. "It had been a protracted, poor process that needed to be updated. [According to my opinion], "He put pen to paper. "I'm a man in my forties. Not for a five-year-old."

Indeed, the average age for an autistic spectrum disorder diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is just under 4 1/2 years. It can be diagnosed as early as the age of two.


Wentworth, a biracial, rich, and well-known actor, stated that his autism diagnosis does not automatically grant him the right to be a spokesperson for the illness. He expressed a desire not to be the "loud, ill-informed voice in the room."

"I am aware that the #autistic community has historically been ignored. For which I have spoken. I don't want to cause any more problems. All I had to do was raise my hand and say, 'I'm here.' 'I have been (without realizing it).'"

He also volunteered to provide information on neurodiverse content makers that educate people about the disorder by "unpacking vocabulary, adding nuance, and battling stigma."

He went on to say: "These creators (some of them are quite young) speak more intelligently and fluently about the topics at hand than I can. (They've also been tutoring me.) That's all I'm willing to share [for the time being]."



According to E! News, he came out as gay in an open letter at the St. Petersburg Film Festival in 2013. He denied an invitation to attend the event due to Russia's anti-LGBTQ legislation.

"Thank you so much for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and has a Russian background, I would be delighted to answer yes. But, as a gay man, I must decline "In his letter, the actor wrote:

"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."



He claims to be "re-examining five decades of lived experience via a new lens," and that it will "take time" for him to comprehend everything. In his Instagram message, he also thanked everyone who has been patient and understanding with him throughout this ordeal.

"I'd also like to thank the many (many) people who, whether consciously or unconsciously, gave me that extra bit of grace and space over the years, allowing me to move through the world in a way that made sense to me regardless of whether it made sense to them... thank you very much "He put pen to paper.

Wentworth also wrote a follow-up Instagram message on Wednesday, thanking his fans for their support after his diagnosis became public. "I'm blown away by the kindness and welcome on this page, as well as the serious warrior energy. Tenderness is mixed in. That is a stunning combo "He put pen to paper.