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Amy Schumer Shares Husband’s Autism Diagnosis to Smash Stigma

In her brand new Netflix special, comedian Amy Schumer revealed her husband — chef Chris Fischer — had been diagnosed with autism. And in an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the always candid actress opened up even further, explaining that she and Fischer made the decision to go public together to smash the stigma that tends to come with the diagnosis.

“We both wanted to talk about it because it’s been totally positive,” Schumer, who is expecting the couple’s first child, said to Seth Meyers. “I think some people resist getting diagnosed… because of the stigma that comes along with it. But the tools we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life so much more manageable.”

The actresses’s self-dubbed pregnancy special, Amy Schumer Growing, charges into new comedic territory for her. Schumer hits on her challenging pregnancy and struggle with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a condition that causes extreme nausea and vomiting, as well as her marriage marriage to Fischer and the couple’s experience following his diagnosis.

Schumer said Fischer’s personality quirks — possibly connected to autism — are actually what made her fall so hard for him. “I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody,” Schumer said, beaming.

It wasn’t all serious talk for her appearance, though, and Schumer was happy to talk pregnancy with Meyers. After all, she did enter the stage strapped with a massive fake belly. Schumer quickly got real about her difficult pregnancy. “I didn’t know pregnancies could be such a bummer,” she quipped. Calling hers “pretty tough,” she explained that her HG is taking a severe toll on her, “I threw up a bunch of times on the way here.”

Amy Schumer Growing is now available to stream on Netflix. What are you waiting for?


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