In a report on his health after an undisclosed medical emergency earlier this year, Jamie Foxx said he has a “new respect for life.”
The 55-year-old Oscar winner talked about the hard time he had with his health in April when he accepted the Critics Choice Association Vanguard Award in Los Angeles on December 4. It was his first public showing since he got out of the hospital.
“I want to thank everybody. I’ve been through something, I’ve been through some things,” Foxx said. “It’s crazy, I couldn’t do that six months ago. I couldn’t actually walk.”
He then stopped and looked like he was crying. The crowd cheered for him.
“It feels good to be here,” he continued. “I cherish every single minute now. It’s different, you know? It’s different. It’s beyond — I wouldn’t wish what went through on my worst enemy because it’s tough when you almost … when it’s almost over, when you see the tunnel.”
“I saw the tunnel, I didn’t see the light!” he joked. “It was hot in that tunnel! I didn’t know what I was doing. S—, am I going to the right place? I see the devil going, ‘C’mon.’”
How Is Jamie Foxx doing?
Foxx looked good when he went out in public for the first time since being hospitalized in April 2023. He shocked everyone when she showed up at the Critics’ Choice Awards’ Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honouring Black, Latino, and AAPI Achievement on December 4, 2023.
“I want to say thank you so much. I want to say, six months ago I couldn’t fathom that this could happen or that I would be here, but as I walk up here to this microphone and get this Vanguard Award, all I can say is Lord, have mercy, Jesus,” Foxx said.
Foxx thanked people who had supported him throughout his ordeal, and admitted he was “trying not to make eye contact with people because I’m just going to explode up here.”
He also said that his health scare had given him a new outlook on life and his work.
“I have a new respect for life, I have a new respect for my art,” he said. “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 on your art.”
Foxx is working on new projects since the medical complication he suffered. Shortly after he entered the hospital, it was announced that he would be co-hosting a new music game show called “We Are Family.” In July, after he’d left the hospital, he shared on Instagram that “BIG things (were) coming soon.”
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Foxx was taken to the hospital in Atlanta in April because of a “medical complication,” according to a statement from his daughter Corinne Foxx at the time. At that time, he was working on the movie “Back in Action” with Cameron Diaz and Glenn Close.
At the time, Foxx’s agent told NBC News via email that the actor’s “condition was serious enough that Jamie’s family, some of whom were not in town, came to the hospital.”
Foxx has not said anything about his sickness.
In May, Corinne Foxx said that her dad had been home from the hospital “for weeks” and was getting better. “He played pickleball yesterday, in fact!” “Thanks for all the prayers and help!” she said at the time.
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“I cannot even begin to tell you how far it took me and how it brought me back,” he said. “I went through something that I thought I would never ever go through. I know a lot of people were waiting or wanting to hear updates, but 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. 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 continued.
He also opened up about feeling emotional following his health ordeal.
“If you see me out from now on and every once in a while, I just burst into tears, it’s because it’s been tough, man,” he said. “I’ve been sick, man. But now, I’ve got my legs under me, so you’re going to see me out.”