After playing Anakin Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' (1999), Jake Lloyd spent his childhood being harassed and bullied by fans, which affected his career and mental health.
Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, the star abandoned the cinema and lived many controversies throughout his adolescence, especially when he was arrested for drunk driving in 2015.
And, according to Movie Web, Lloyd's mother released a statement stating that his condition worsened after the death of his younger sister.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support and for their lovely words. Jake was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia a few years ago, but unfortunately he also acquired symptoms of anosognosia, which causes a lack of awareness about his condition. It only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. ”
Even so, she said she did not lose hope and believes that her son will recover and live a normal life.
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“He approached the family again and we are working hard to help him with his recovery. He is still a kind and caring person, and we hope he will be that fun boy we know again. Jake will make progress by receiving all the love and affection that you continue to show. ”
Lloyd was not the only one to suffer because of toxic fans, as Ahmed Best, interpreter for Jar Jar Binks, revealed that he almost committed suicide after spending years facing prejudice because of his participation in the saga.
In 2017, Kelly Marie Tran abandoned social media after suffering suffered numerous attacks due to her weight and her Asian ancestry.
Rose Tico's interpreter in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ revealed to Good Morning America that she had to undergo intense therapies to try to recover from the trauma.
“I feel great now. I went through some intense therapy sessions and I highly recommend it. Before all of that, I worked all day and was trying to achieve the dream of being an actress, and suddenly I was in ‘Star Wars’. This transition requires a strong emotional and now I know that. I'm feeling a lot safer and more excited about the new movie. Working with J.J. Abrams was incredible. ”
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