Jamie Foxx’s Emotional Message Following Health Scare

Jamie Foxx shared an emotional message about his health scare on Monday, when he made his first public appearance following a sudden hospitalization earlier this year.

In April, it was revealed that Foxx, 55, had been hospitalized after an unspecified “medical complication.” In May, his daughter Corinne Foxx confirmed he was out of the hospital and “recuperating,” but by that time, the actor had become the face of the anti-vax movement.

In early June, a spokesperson for Foxx shut down a rumor that the star had been left “paralyzed and blind” from taking a COVID-19 vaccine. The unfounded theories didn’t end there, as a faction of social media users subscribed to the conspiracy theory that Foxx was cloned upon his release from hospital.

Foxx made a dig at the clone rumors when he made a surprise appearance at the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements on Monday. He was honored with the Vanguard Award for his acclaimed performance in the American legal drama The Burial and gave an emotional acceptance speech after receiving a standing ovation.

Newsweek reached out to a Foxx representative for comment via email Tuesday.

“You know, it’s crazy, I couldn’t do that six months ago — I couldn’t actually walk,” an emotional Foxx—who won an Oscar for his performance as pianist Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray—said. He continued with a laugh: “I’m not a clone, I’m not a clone. I know a lot of people who was saying I was cloned out there.

“I want to thank everybody. I’ve been through something, I’ve been through some things. I cherish every single minute now—it’s different. I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy because it’s tough when it’s almost over … when you see the tunnel. I saw the tunnel—I didn’t see the light.”

He added: “I have a new respect for life. I have a new respect for my art. I watched so many movies and listened to so many songs trying to have the time go by. Don’t give up on your art, man, don’t give up.”

Foxx was presented the award by his The Burial co-star Jurnee Smollett, who said he’s a “true vanguard, a pioneer who has broken down barriers and inspired generations of artists like myself to be bold, audacious dreamers.”

She continued: “Working with Jamie, I found a generous scene partner I can lean on and trust. Even though we were playing rivals battling it out in the courtroom, in him, I found a great cheerleader—one who on our very first day shooting y’all he came, and right after the third take, he came up to me, he’s like, ‘Man, you are killing this role.’ Now I don’t think he understands what that kind of support means to someone like me who’s watched him my entire life.”

It was the first public appearance Foxx had made since his hospital stay, during which people came up with various theories about his condition. On May 30, podcast host and gossip columnist A.J. Benza claimed to know exactly what had happened to Foxx after TMZ revealed that the star’s family had been seen paying him visits in a physical rehabilitation center in Chicago. His source was identified as “someone in the room.”

Appearing on the Ask Dr. Drew podcast, Benza added: “Jamie had a blood clot in his brain after he got the shot. He did not want the shot, but the movie he was on, he was pressured to get it. The blood clot in the brain caused him at that point to be partially paralyzed and blind.”

Newsweek fact-checked the allegation and found it to be completely untrue. Nevertheless, the story continued to gain popularity online thanks to the dissemination of several well-known Twitter users. In response to the speculation, a spokesperson for Foxx told NBC in an emailed statement that the claim was “completely inaccurate.”

In a statement released in May, the actor thanked fans for their “love” and assured them that he was “feeling blessed” while recovering. Then, in July, Foxx released an emotional video message, expressing gratitude to his family for their support and hinting at the seriousness of his medical situation.

“I know a lot of people were waiting, wanting to hear updates. But, to be honest with you, I just didn’t want you to see me like that, man,” Foxx said. “I want you to see me laughing and having a good time, partying, cracking a joke, doing a movie or television show. I didn’t want you to see me with tubes running out of me and trying to figure out if I was going to make it through.”

Foxx went on to express gratitude to his family and the medical team for saving his life. He also denied previous rumors that he was left blind or paralyzed, but did admit to having gone “through hell and back.” While Foxx published the video to share an update with his fans, it was this clip that sparked unsubstantiated rumors that he was a clone, with social media users analyzing his appearance.

The actor’s Vanguard Award comes after Foxx was slapped with a lawsuit that accused him of sexual assault and battery. The case was filed in the New York Supreme Court on November 21 over an alleged incident at the Catch NYC restaurant in 2015.

The plaintiff who is only identified as Jane Doe in the legal paperwork claimed Foxx “intentionally and without consent used force to offensively touch Plaintiff’s person,” including her genitalia and buttocks. She claimed to have suffered “physical and emotional injuries, anxiety, distress, embarrassment and economic harm,” following the incident and is seeking an unspecified amount.

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