(NEXSTAR) – Jamie Foxx recently addressed his medical issues in an Instagram video, telling his fans that he “went to hell and back” during the unspecified health scare.
“I went through something I never thought I would go through. And I know a lot of people were waiting, you know, or wanting to hear updates,” Foxx said in the video, which he posted on Friday night. “But to be honest with you, I didn’t want you to see me, man. I want to see you laughing, having a good time, partying, cracking jokes, doing a movie, a TV show. I didn’t want you to see me with tubes running out of me and trying to figure out if I was going to get through.”
Foxx’s daughter, Corrine, first revealed in April that her father had suffered a “healing complex.” At the time, she said he was “already on the road to recovery.”
A week later, Foxx wrote on Instagram that he was “Feeling blessed,” but he did not go into details of the complex.
In Friday’s video message, the Oscar-winning actor did not reveal any additional details about his diagnosis, but expressed its severity.
“I’ve been to hell and back. And there were some potholes in my road to recovery too. But I’m coming back, and I’m able to work, so I want to thank the people who let me work.”
Foxx, 55, brushed off claims he was paralyzed or blind, joking that his vision was “fine” as he crossed his eyes.
He also thanked his family, and specifically his sister and daughter for “saving my life”. He also credited his family for protecting his privacy during the health scare.
“They kept it airtight. They didn’t let anything out,” Foxx said. “They protected me. And that’s what I hope everyone can have in times like this.”
Foxx became emotional near the end of the video, tearing up as he thanked his fans for their support.
“If you see me out here, and from time to time I’m shedding tears, it’s because it was tough, man. I’m sick,” he said. “But now I got my legs under me.”
Foxx was initially hospitalized in May, is being treated at an Atlantic hospital for the undisclosed issue. A month later, his daughter Corrine claimed that Foxx was “out of the hospital” and recovering, and that he was even well enough to play pickleball. It was later reported that he was receiving treatment in a rehabilitation center in Chicago.
In his first public appearance since April, Foxx was also seen boating with his family on the Chicago River earlier this month.