Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Actor Jamie Foxx has made his first public appearance since experiencing a health scare in April, which resulted in his hospitalization.
The 55-year-old has been seen in public since the incident but had not made any official appearances until he attended the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino, and AAPI Achievements event on Monday night, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Foxx delivered a speech upon receiving a Vanguard Award for his role in “The Burial.” The specific details of the incident leading to his hospitalization have not been disclosed. Foxx mentioned that his sister, Deidra Dixon, and his daughter, Corinne Marie, promptly helped him seek the necessary medical attention to save his life. The actor updated the audience on his well-being since the medical incident in the spring.
“I couldn’t do that six months ago; I couldn’t actually walk to [the stage]. And I’m not a clone, I’m not a clone. I know a lot of people saying that I was cloned out there,” Foxx informed the gathered audience, alluding to certain conspiracy theories circulating online.
He continued, “Being here feels incredibly gratifying. I now value every single moment; it’s a whole different perspective. I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy because it’s challenging when you’re on the brink, seeing the tunnel. I saw the tunnel, not the light. It was sweltering in that tunnel; I didn’t know where I was headed. ‘Am I going to the right place?'”
The star of “Django Unchained” also reflected on how the close call with death has deepened his appreciation for life and his career in general.
Foxx expressed, “I’ve gained a newfound respect for life, a renewed appreciation for my craft. I spent time watching countless movies and listening to numerous songs just to make time pass. Don’t abandon your art, man, don’t give up on your craft. When you realize how quickly it could all be over… I have to tell you, don’t give up on your art, and don’t let them strip away your artistic expression either.”
In a video message to fans shared in July, Foxx had openly talked about the ordeal, stating, “I went through an incredibly challenging experience. My journey to recovery had its share of obstacles, but I’m on the mend, and I’m grateful to those who supported me and allowed me to resume my work.”