Michael J. Fox says he’d have forgiven wife Tracy Pollan if she had decided to ‘step out’ amid their 35-year marriage as he battles Parkinson’s disease.
‘At any time she would have been forgiven to say, “I’m just gonna step out,”‘ the 62-year-old actor said Thursday on CBS Mornings of his spouse, 63. ‘But, she didn’t do that.’
The Back To The Future star was 29 in 1991 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and went public with the information in 1998.
‘I love Tracy obviously and she’s an amazing person and has gone through a lot,’ Fox said. ‘I realize she has a life separate from me having Parkinson’s, from me being Alex Keaton or Marty McFly, she’s a person. I think that’s why it’s gone okay.’
Fox said of their marriage, ‘She had indicated to me by saying, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. She was able to get me through it, and go through it with me. And she has for 35 years.’
The latest: Michael J. Fox, 62, says he’d have forgiven wife Tracy Pollan, 63, if she had decided to ‘step out’ amid their 35-year marriage as he battles Parkinson’s disease. He appeared Thursday on CBS Mornings
The couple was pictured at an event in NYC this past June, the month before they celebrated their milestone anniversary
Fox and Pollan are parents to son Sam Michael, 34, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 28, and daughter Esmé Annabelle, 21.
On the CBS broadcast, the Spin City star explained how Pollan has stayed by his side amid his health woes.
‘We knew the bus was coming and we knew it was going to hit, but we didn’t know how far away it was or how fast it was going,’ he said.
The pair celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this past July, taking to Instagram to commemorate the occasion.
Fox, who also played the role of Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties, captioned a carousel of shots: ’35 years of laugher, living, listening and loving you @tracy.pollan. Thank you for it all. Forever yours, Mike.’
Pollan said on her account: ’35 years!!! Happy anniversary my love. Here’s to many more glorious adventures together. I could not love you more.’
Fox told CBS that amid his health difficulties, he makes a concerted effort to remain upbeat.
‘The positivity is really sincere,’ he said. ‘I really feel it, and it’s genuine. But it’s hard fought and it’s hard won, I should say.’
The Teen Wolf actor gave more insights as to how he and his spouse move forward amid the tough times.
Fox said on the broadcast, ‘I love Tracy obviously and she’s an amazing person and has gone through a lot’
The Spin City star explained how Pollan has stayed by his side amid his health woes.
Fox said of Parkinson’s disease, ‘We knew the bus was coming and we knew it was going to hit, but we didn’t know how far away it was or how fast it was going’
Fox and Pollan are parents to son Sam Michael, 34, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 28, and daughter Esmé Annabelle, 21
‘We can find ways to just give ourselves a break, give ourselves credit for getting through life on life’s terms,’ he said. ‘And in order to do that, you have to stop and say, “It’s not that bad; it’s not that bad” … they say the absence of fear is faith.’
In the autumn of 2000, he launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which ‘is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.’
According to the foundation, it has raised more than $1.75 billion for the cause.
‘Parkinson’s patients are the experts on what we have,’ Fox said in a statement on the foundation’s site. ‘We have a responsibility as patients to share our experience – what works for us, what we respond to, what we can contribute to research.’
Fox last year was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an honorary Academy Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his efforts toward finding a cure.
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