After revealing her husband of one year was diagnosed with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, comedian Amy Schumer is clarifying why she did so.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.
As Dearly previously reported, during her new comedy special on Netflix, Schumer revealed that the qualities that stem from her husband Chris’ autism are some of the things she loves most about her husband.
“I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine. My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s. He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on.”
She joked that one of the biggest qualities she hates to love is the fact that he can’t lie to her or for her.
Now, after receiving both support and backlash from the public, Schumer is explaining their decision to go public with Chris’ diagnosis.
In a new interview on the “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the soon-to-be mom said she wanted her husband’s story to show others afraid to get diagnosed that it’s okay.
In fact, his diagnosis had been a “positive” in their relationship:
“That’s why we both wanted to talk about it because it’s been totally positive. I think a lot of people resist getting diagnosed, and even some of their children, cause of the stigma that comes along with it.
But you’re not just diagnosed and then they throw you out. You know, hopefully if you can get help, the tools that we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life more manageable. And so I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma.”
Schumer added that she thinks a lot of people go undiagnosed because of that stigma, but that their lives could be “better” if they got those tools.
She also reassured the naysayers that she didn’t reveal her husband’s diagnosis to make it all about herself, but rather so how great of a guy Chris is.
You can watch Schumer’s full interview below: