Jamie Foxx: “I Went to Hell and Back” In Emotional Instagram Video Following Hospitalization
Academy Award-winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx said in an Instagram video on Friday evening that he is recovering from an undisclosed medical condition.
“I went to hell and back, and my road to recovery has some potholes as well, but I’m coming back,” Foxx said, looking gaunt and wearing a dark collared knit shirt.
Foxx, 55, was hospitalized in April with what his daughter, Corinne Fox, described at the time as a “medical complication,” and Foxx did not disclose the nature of his condition in his first public comments since being hospitalized, according to Associated Press.
“Thank u a billion to everybody… been a long road but all the prayers great people and God got me through,” Foxx wrote in his comments on IG.
“I just didn’t want you to see me like that … 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 said, thanking his daughter, sister, God and medical professionals for saving his life.
“I went through something that I thought I would never, ever go through,” Foxx said.
“Every once in a while, I just burst into tears … because it’s been tough, man, I was sick … but now I’ve got my legs under me, so you’re going to see me,” Foxx said. “I’m able to work,” he added.
Besides receiving more than 1.3 million “likes” on his now-viral post, thousands of supportive messages from fans and celebrities were posted in the comments section.
“This video just warmed my soul….Foxx you are needed man. We love you and we are forever with you. So glad to see my brother and so glad to see that you are in good spirits 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾,“ wrote 44-year-old comic and actor Kevin Hart.
“Love you, Foxx!!! 🙌🏻,” Timberlake, 42, wrote while Dwayne Johnson, 51, better known as “The Rock,” added, “I’m gonna bear hug the fuck outta you when I see you again 🐻 ❤️”
It was a dramatic change in tone from a social media post from his daughter, Corrine, who first shared the news of Foxx’s emergency earlier this year.
“We wanted to share that, my father, Jamie Foxx, experienced a medical complication yesterday. Luckily, due to quick action and great care, he is already on his way to recovery,” read an April 12 Instagram post that has since been removed. “We know how beloved he is and appreciate your prayers. The family asks for privacy during this time.”
At the time of his medical complication, Foxx was in Atlanta shooting the movie Back in Action, a Netflix comedy starring Foxx and his Annie costar Cameron Diaz (in her first feature film role in almost 10 years). He was also preparing to shoot the sixth season of his Fox game show Beat Shazam (he’s been temporarily replaced by Nick Cannon).
Castmates of Foxx’s recent “They Cloned Tyrone,” David Alan Grier, Teyonah Parris and Tamberla Perry told The Associated Press at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie on June 28 that they miss the star.
“Just praying that he gets better and takes whatever time he needs to heal,” Perry said.
Additional reporting by Associated Press