Amy Schumer reveals her husband is on the autism spectrum and it made her fall 'madly in love'
On her new stand-up comedy special, Growing, Amy Schumer shows another side of herself. The comic is famous for raunchy dating stories, but has experienced some major life changes in the past year. In February 2018, she married Chris Fischer, a chef at a restaurant in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Then, in October 2018, she announced she was pregnant with their first child.
The Trainwreck actress has been brutally honest about her pregnancy on social media, and if you have any doubts, just watch this graphic video of her puking. (You know you want to!) That honesty extends to her new special, which she performs while very knocked up. In a bit about her marriage, Schumer reveals that her husband is on the autism spectrum, and it made her fall "madly in love with him."
"I knew from the beginning my husband's brain was a little different than mine," Schumer says. "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."
The comedian lists one example, where she fell down in front of him during a date. "Nine out of 10 people would go, 'Oh my god, are you OK?'" she recounted. "Maybe more like 10 out of 10 people. Instead, my husband went - he kind of froze and became a lighthouse, opening and closing his mouth. I remember lying on the ground looking up at him and I wasn't mad, I just thought, 'Huh.' Lotta 'Huh' moments, you know?"
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. The symptoms can include a lack of understanding social cues, intense focus on just one item, and self-abusive behavior like head-banging.
After dating for a while, Fischer was diagnosed as autistic, which led Schumer to reexamine their relationship. "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," the I Feel Pretty star says. "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."
While some couples tell little white lies to each other, Fischer is brutally honest, which Schumer appreciates. "If I say to him, 'Does this look like sh*t?' He'll go, 'Yeah, you have a lot of other clothes. Why don't you wear those?'" Schumer says. "But he can also make me feel more beautiful than anyone ever has in my whole life. And he can't lie! Isn't that the dream man?"
The stand-up special Growing begins streaming on Netflix on Tuesday, March 19.