Jamie Foxx, the comedian, Oscar-winning actor and Grammy-winning singer, said in a video on Instagram that he could return to work after he was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness in April.
“I know a lot of people were waiting, wanting to hear updates, but to be honest with you I just didn’t want you to see me like that, man,” Foxx said, adding, “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.”
In the video, which was posted early on Saturday morning Eastern time, Foxx did not reveal his diagnosis but said that he “went to hell and back” and had to overcome “potholes” in his road to recovery.
“But I’m coming back, and I’m able to work,” he said in the video.
Foxx, 55, ended a period of relative silence and widespread speculation about his health that began after he experienced a “medical complication,” according to a now-deleted statement posted to Instagram by his daughter, Corinne Foxx, multiple news outlets reported.
“Luckily, due to quick action and great care, he is already on his way to recovery,” according to the statement, which was posted on April 12.
Foxx said his family kept information about his condition “airtight” in the months after news of his hospitalization spread, leading to heightened concern among fans and speculation online.
In May, some media outlets were reporting that Foxx’s family had been “preparing for the worst.” His daughter, however, quickly dismissed those reports as false, adding that her father had been out of the hospital for weeks and had even been playing pickleball, USA Today reported.
In addressing rumors about his health that took root during his absence, the actor reminded the public that he is also a comic by mocking some of the outlandish theories.
“Some people said I was blind, but as you can see the eyes are working,” Foxx said as he crossed his eyes.
Foxx, who was born Eric Bishop, is known for his roles in “Django Unchained,” “Ray” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and stars in the recently released Netflix movie “They Cloned Tyrone.”
Foxx and his daughter are also set to host a new television game show premiering next year on Fox.