‘I’ve Been Cottonelle-ing My Body’: Christina Applegate Admits She Can No Longer Shower Amid Battle With MS

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
Font Size:

Christina Applegate admitted she can no longer take a shower due to the severity of her MS.

The “Married With Children” star spoke candidly on the latest episode of Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s “MeSsy” podcast as she opened up about the “painful” relapse she is experiencing. Applegate her legs hurt so much that she hasn’t been able to shower or bathe for three weeks. “I need to buy stock in Cottonelle,” she quipped, as she attempted to add humor to the conversation.

Christina Applegate attends a ceremony honoring Christina Applegate with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on November 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix

Christina Applegate attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

The “Dead to Me” actress explained, “I can’t stand in my shower. There’s no fucking way.”

Applegate said she attempted some solution-based ideas to get in and out of her shower, but has since called it quits and has found alternative methods to cleanse herself.

” I have such a small bench and my ass is so huge these days that I can’t sit on it, it’s like I slip right off of it,” she said on the podcast. “So, I’ve been Cottonelle-ing my body.”

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini pose with Christina Applegate’s star during her Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony. Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images

Christina Applegate attends the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

Applegate admitted she has “no energy” to push her body beyond its limits.

“Legs are just done. I can’t get circulation. I can’t get them to stop hurting,” she said. As for her lower extremities, the actress is experiencing “insane tingling that just has spurts of tingles that are weird coming from, like, my butt down.”

When she attempts the simple task of walking to the bathroom, Applegate says she’s “feeling like I’m going to fall.”

Christina Applegate attends the premiere of Netflix’s ‘Dead to Me’ at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage on May 02, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix

Christina Applegate attends 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images

The famous actress said she is also experiencing pain in her eye.

“I haven’t slept for 24 hours because my eye is doing something weird where every time I close my eye to go to sleep my right eye starts to shift,” she said. (RELATED: Christina Applegate Gets Visibly Emotional During Standing Ovation Amid MS Battle, Video Shows)

Christina Applegate and host Anthony Anderson speak onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Actress Christina Applegate visits “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on October 11, 2012 in New York City. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Applegate said her condition has worsened to the point that she no longer interacts with anyone aside from her 12-year-old daughter, Sadie. She noted that Sadie has made it clear to her that she needs to resolve her bathing situation.

“[She’s] always like, ‘Oh Mama, that’s bad.’ I make her smell my armpits, just to make her vomit,” Applegate said.