Top Stories

Michael J. Fox Explains How Bullying Led To Him Publicly Revealing Parkinson's Diagnosis

Michael J. Fox Explains How Bullying Led To Him Publicly Revealing Parkinson's Diagnosis

Michael J. Fox is opening up about how he was forced to reveal his Parkinson’s diagnosis after being bullied by paparazzi.

In a brand new interview, the 60-year-old actor and advocate opened up about reflected on how he felt he was pressured to reveal his diagnosis.

Click inside to read more…

Michael recalled to Entertainment Tonight that “it was seven or eight years after I had been diagnosed … [and] the paparazzi and stuff, they would stand outside my apartment and heckle at me, like, ‘What’s a matter with you?’”

“I said, ‘I can’t be making my neighbors deal with this,’ so I came out, and it was great. It was a great thing,” he said of his decision. “It was a great surprise to me that people responded the way they responded. They responded with interest, in the desire to find an answer to the disease, and then I saw that as a great opportunity. I didn’t get put in this position to squander it.”

Michael remarks that he’s had the disease for close to 30 years now.

“I think it’s part of my life, it’s what and it’s who I am and it’s a struggle sometimes. I’m not gonna lie, it’s really hard to get up and get ready and get out in the world [some days]. There are days that suck,” he shared. “[But there’s] just an understanding that I will get through it. At any moment, you have a choice: I cannot get through this moment or I can get through this moment.”

He also commented on how he’s not thinking about the people he’s helping through his advocacy, but does appreciate that others have followed his lead to get involved in a cure.

“I don’t spend a lot of time on that,” Michael said. “But I am grateful when people express to me that it means something, [that] means a lot to me. But I don’t think about it. I don’t get up and go, ‘Oh, I’m Mr. Impact!’”

Many other celebrities have also opened up about their chronic illnesses.

Just Jared on Facebook
michael j box bullying parkinson 01
michael j box bullying parkinson 02
michael j box bullying parkinson 03
michael j box bullying parkinson 04
michael j box bullying parkinson 05

Photos: Getty
Posted to: Michael J Fox

JJ Links Around The Web

Photo of Private:  JJ Links Around The Web
Getty Images