Foxx, 55, suffered a medical complication on April 11 when he was in Atlanta filming the movie Back in Action, and on Saturday, the actor spoke publicly about his health scare for the first time in a clip shared on Instagram. Explaining that he “went through something I thought I would never ever go through,” Foxx also thanked his fans for their prayers.
“I cannot even begin to tell you how far it took me and how it brought me back,” he said of the fan support he had received.
In the clip, Foxx explained that he knows “a lot of people” were “waiting” for updates about his condition, but said that “to be honest with you, I just didn’t want you to see me like that.”
“I want you to see me laughing, having a good time, partying, cracking a joke, doing a movie [or] television show,” he said. “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 also thanked his younger sister Deidra Dixon and daughter Corinne Marie, 29, for their “protection” during his recovery, adding that they “saved my life,” and thanking God and the “great medical people” who treated him.
“Now, you know, by being quiet sometimes things get out of hand. People saying what I got, some people said I was blind, but as you can see … the eyes are working just fine. Said I’m paralyzed — I’m not paralyzed.”
“But I did go through… I went to hell and back,” Foxx said. “And my road to recovery had some potholes as well. But I’m coming back. And I’m able to work.”
Justin Timberlake reacts:
“Love you, Foxx!!! 🙌🏻,” Timberlake, 42, wrote.