Early Saturday morning, actor and musician Jamie Foxx released a video, speaking publicly for the first time since a frightening medical emergency more than three months ago.
On April 11, Foxx, 55, was forced to leave the set of "Back in Action," co-starring Cameron Diaz, just eight days before filming was scheduled to conclude. He was then taken to the hospital with an undisclosed medical condition. Rumors swirled for months that he was catastrophically injured and even that he might not survive.
Thankfully, none of those rumors appear to be true. In a new video posted to Instagram, Foxx gave a small glimpse into his struggles this summer as well as hope that his health is back on track.
"I went through something I thought I would never ever go through," Foxx said on the video. He also admitted that he kept information about his condition and progress to himself so as not to alarm anyone. "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," he claimed.
He also credited his sister, Deidra Dixon, and his daughter, Corinne Foxx, with helping him maintain his medical privacy. "I cannot tell you how great it feels to have your family kick in in such a way," Foxx said. "And y'all know they kept it airtight. They didn't let nothing out. They protected me, and that's what I hope that everyone could have in moments like these."
On the video, Foxx cracked a few jokes, proving that he is not blind by making himself go cross-eyed, one eye at a time. He likewise demonstrated that he is not paralyzed, as had been rumored. But he also got choked up, especially at the end of the video.
"I know they talk about people crying on videos," he said. "You can do a take two. I'm not gonna do a take two. It is what it is. If you see me out from now on and every once and a while I just burst into tears, it's because it's been tough, man. I've been sick, man."
"I went to hell and back," he said elsewhere in the three-minute clip. "And my road to recovery had some potholes as well. But I'm coming back. And I'm able to work."
Foxx, who was raised Baptist, also made sure to give thanks "to God, to a lot of great medical people," and to his family. He expressed appreciation for his fans as well: "I just want to say I love everybody, and I love all the love that I got."
"I'm here on earth because of some great people," he said. "I'm here on earth because of God, man."
Foxx has already been able to return to work. He shot a commercial in Las Vegas earlier this week, and he said he has what he thinks is a "good" movie "out," possibly in reference to "Back in Action."
Foxx has been a Hollywood star for decades. He began his career as a stand-up comic and joined the cast of the comedic sketch show In Living Color in the early 1990s, but he later branched out, appearing in movies and in more dramatic roles. He won an Oscar in 2004 for his portrayal of legendary R&B crooner, Ray Charles, in "Ray." He also starred alongside Diaz in Oliver Stone's hit football film, "Any Given Sunday."
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