Amy Schumer speaks out on why she revealed her husband has autism spectrum disorder
This past Monday, it emerged that Amy Schumer's husband Chris Fischer is on the autism spectrum. Much has been made of the comic’s decision to use this as one of the talking points on Amy Schumer: Growing, her latest stand-up special on Netflix.
Speaking to a crowd in Chicago, the I Feel Pretty actress revealed that she "knew from the beginning" that her "husband's brain was a little different."
Schumer received a lot of praise for speaking about the positive impact Fischer's condition has had on their relationship, highlighting his honesty as particularly refreshing.
Now, the outspoken comedian is opening up about why she decided to address her husband's condition publicly:
On Wednesday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, the 37-year-old mom-to-be revealed that, in terms of the effect it has had on their marriage, Fischer's autism diagnosis has been nothing but "positive".
"That’s why we both wanted to talk about it because it’s been totally positive," Schumer said. "I think a lot of people resist getting diagnosed… because of the stigma that comes along with it."
"But you’re not just diagnosed and then they throw you out," she added. "The tools that we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life more manageable. So I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma."
"I think there are a lot of people with autism who go undiagnosed when I think their life could be better if they got those tools," Schumer continued. "I fell in love with him and I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody."
Having touched on it in her Netflix special, the comic actress spoke about how Fischer's honesty is a "dream" but also a "real nightmare".
"It’s really challenging because he can’t lie for me," Schumer continued. "You need your partner to be like, 'Yeah, we do have to get home!' And he’s like, 'No, we have nowhere to be.' Cool, Chris, thank you!"
Amy Schumer: Growing is currently available on Netflix.