AceShowbiz - Amy Schumer seemed to have tried to break the stigma surrounding autism. The "I Feel Pretty" star did it by labeling her husband Chris Fischer's autism spectrum disorder [ASD] as "a superpower."
During Wednesday, April 20 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", the "Trainwreck" star talked about how her husband's autism had its own benefit. "All of his behavior is kind of excused now," she joked to host Ellen DeGeneres, "If someone's telling a long, boring story, he will straight up just walk away. He'll just wander away, and I'm just still stuck there."
Elaborating on the topic, Amy recalled how she usually received a lot of curious questions about Chris. "People don't know much about autism, they just started 'Oh does he like to count? Should we drop a bunch of straws on the floor and he can count them?' " she shared, "I was like 'You know what? He'll probably do it, go for it.' "
During the chat, Amy informed Ellen that her other half was diagnosed with autism years ago, after the pair got married in 2018. The host responded by saying, "That's amazing that he was just recently diagnosed." The 40-year-old actress went on to spill that the diagnosis has given them "so many helpful tools."
Despite Chris' condition, Amy expressed that her husband is "the greatest partner." She also encouraged people to learn and take the test if they thought they were on the spectrum. The comedienne said, "I think it's a good thing for people to check it out and get tested so you don't spend your whole life feeling like you're bad or wrong." She noted that her "favorite people are on the spectrum."
Amy shares a two-year-old son, Gene David, with Chris. When discussing the possibility of Gene also suffering from autism, the "Amy Schumer Learns to Cook" host said in a March interview for Chelsea Handler's podcast "Dear Chealsea" that she did not "have a preference." She stressed that she just wanted her firstborn "to be healthy and happy."
In the podcast, Amy further shared her thoughts on the issue. "Parents have different journeys with this. Having a child with severe autism is beyond my imagination difficult," she explained, "But if Gene does wind up having ASD, I'm not looking for the signs in a way that are upsetting, I'm not hoping either way."