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Theatre director Loretta Chen tells all about suicide attempt and $1-million debt in memoir

Theatre director Loretta Chen writes about her suicide attempt and a $1-million debt in memoir

Published on Jul 13, 2014 4:18 PM

Five years after the theatre company she founded failed over debts worth $1 million, theatre director Loretta Chen is releasing a memoir, Woman On Top, featuring her side of the story.

In the tell-all book published by Marshall Cavendish, Chen, who is openly lesbian, reveals that she attempted suicide at age 25 after her first love killed herself.

"Most of the time, everyone presents his life as perfect, especially in Asia. It takes a lot of courage to say I need help," says Chen, who turns 38 in December.

The recent suicide of another good friend - she declines to give more details - prompted her to write about her struggles and short stint in an American psychiatric institution. "Even if a million people hate it, if it helps one person, I'll be happy. When I was that person, I had nothing to read."

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