Amy Schumer Defends Decision To Talk About Husband’s Autism Spectrum Disorder After People Freak Out

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Amy Schumer has defended her decision to talk about her husband Chris Fischer being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to the world during her stand-up “Growing” on Netflix.

“He [Fischer] was diagnosed as high functioning autism spectrum disorder,” the 37-year-old expectant comedian shared Wednesday during her appearance on “Late Night with Seth Myers.” (RELATED: TRAINWRECK–Tampa Crowd Eats Amy Schumer Alive For Going After Trump [VIDEO])


“That’s why we both wanted to talk about it because it’s been totally positive,” she added. “I think a lot people resist getting diagnosed and even some of their children because of the stigma that comes along with it.”(RELATED: Kate Hudson Will Raise Her Daughter ‘Genderless’: We Don’t Know ‘What She’s Going To Identify As’)

Schumer continued, “Like the tools we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life much more manageable. I just wanted to, you know, encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma.”

“I think there’s a lot of people with autism who go undiagnosed when I think their life could be better if they got those tools,” the “Trainwreck” star explained.

At one point, the comedian said she doesn’t want make it sound like she was “so nice” because she married “someone with autism.”

As previously reported, it comes on the heels of reports that people really freaked out, and called her out for having revealed that about her husband during her latest show that started streaming on the site Tuesday. Others came to the comedian’s defense and couldn’t figure out why people were upset and instead thanked her.

“I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” Schumer shared. “I have to start this over because I really want to get this right because I love him very much.”

“My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s,” she added. “He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on.”


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Schumer continued, “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. That’s the truth.”

“He says whatever is on his mind,” the actress explained. “He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.”