- Amy Schumer appeared on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Wednesday and explained why she and husband Chris Fischer agreed to go public about his diagnosis with autism spectrum disorder.
- Schumer said that the “tools” she and Fischer have received since his diagnosis “have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life more manageable, so I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma.”
- She added: “I don’t want to make it sound like ‘I’m so nice that I married someone with autism.’ I love him. I feel in love with him and I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody.”
- The comedian revealed the news about Fischer during her new Netflix comedy special called “Growing,” and said that his autistic behaviours were part of what she loved about him from the start of their relationship.
“That’s why we both wanted to talk about it, because it’s been totally positive,” the comedian said during an appearance on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Wednesday. “I think a lot of people resist getting diagnosed, and even some of their children, because of the stigma that comes along with it.”
Schumer added: “But you’re not just diagnosed and then they throw you out. Hopefully, if you can get help, the tools that we have been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life more manageable, so I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma.”
The 37-year-old, who married Fischer, a head chef at a Massachusetts restaurant, in February 2018, went on say that her husband is “an amazing guy.”
“I don’t want to make it sound like ‘I’m so nice that I married someone with autism,'” Schumer said. “I love him. I feel in love with him and I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody.”
The “I Feel Pretty” star also said that Fischer can’t lie, which is “a dream, but it’s also a real nightmare.” Schumer went on to explain that prior to her late night appearance, she changed her outfit and asked if her final one “looked OK.” In response, he told her: “Well, it’s too late.”
In the special, Schumer, who’s expecting her first child with Fischer, said that she “knew from the beginning [her] husband’s brain was a little different than [her’s]” and “there were some signs early on.” She explained that his unique reactions to things added to the reasons why she “fell madly in love with him.”
“Once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,” Schumer said in her comedy special. “That’s the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.”
Schumer’s comments arrive just in time for World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 2.
Watch the interview with Meyers below.
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