Jamie Foxx's Co-Star Gives Update on His Health Scare: "He's Going to Be Back."
Porscha Coleman worked with the ailing actor on the sitcom Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!.
Many claims have been made about the state of Jamie Foxx's health ever since his daughter, Corinne Foxx, shared publicly on April 12 that he "experienced a medical complication" and was receiving treatment. Now, another person close to the Oscar-winning actor has shared an update. At Sunday's BET Awards, Porscha Coleman, Jamie's co-star on his Netflix series Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!, revealed what she knows about the Oscar-winning actor's condition, and it's encouraging news.
Foxx himself and his family have had little to say over the past few months in terms of specifics. And though that's led to some confusion about the severity of his health issue, Coleman said that handling personal business privately is nothing new for the Ray star. Read on to find out what else she shared.
There have been conflicting reports about Foxx's status.
Following Corinne's announcement that her father was being treated for an undisclosed complication, various reports came out about how the Collateral star was doing. For instance, on May 5, People reported that Jamie was still in the hospital and was "stable and not in a life-threatening situation now."
Other claims were more concerning, however. On May 3, TMZ reported that "those closest to him" were asking for prayers for Jamie. Around the same time, a source claimed to Radar Online that Jamie's family and friends were preparing "for the worst."
As reported by Entertainment Tonight, there was also a conspiracy theory put forth by a guest on Dr. Drew Pinksy's show that Jamie had a stroke and was left partially paralyzed and blind after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Jamie's representative denied this unsubstantiated claim, calling it "completely inaccurate."
Jamie and Corinne posted statements on social media in response to the rumors.
Amid the reports, both Jamie and Corinne spoke out. On May 3, Jamie wrote on Instagram, "Appreciate all the love!! Feeling blessed." It was his first post since early April. He posted again in June to promote his upcoming movie They Cloned Tyrone.
A few days later, on May 12, Corinne shared a post on her Instagram story, in which she referred to the report that those close to Jamie were preparing "for the worst."
"Sad to see how the media runs wild," the 29-year-old wrote. "My Dad has been out of the hospital for weeks, recuperating. In fact, he was playing pickleball yesterday! Thanks for everyone's prayers and support!"
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Coleman said Jamie is "resting" and "well."
Coleman spoke to Entertainment Tonight on the BET Awards red carpet and explained that Foxx was doing well. She also said that she doesn't consider it at all strange that the family hasn't very forthcoming about details.
"I've talked to people very close to Foxx. Foxx is doing well. I hate that the media outlets kept running with the narrative of what was going on without having the proper information," she said.
The 37-year-old said that Jamie has always been private, so it came as no surprise to her that he didn't share details about his health with the press.
"One thing about Jamie is that he's always valued his privacy. If you've noticed, Jamie Foxx has always been on the low," she said. "Even when it came to dating, Jamie's always been private, so it never surprised me. Once I heard the news, of course, I reached out, but how Foxx is doing it is how Foxx should be doing it. He's resting, he's well. And he's going to be back. Trust and believe."
She added, "He got a lot of projects coming up, a lot of music that I already know he has. So, I'm excited. I love you Foxx!"
Others close to Jamie have opened up about him.
Coleman isn't the first co-star of Jamie's to speak out about his health and to denounce unsubstantiated rumors. In May, Garcelle Beauvais, who starred with Jamie on The Jamie Foxx Show and in the 2013 movie White House Down, spoke to People on the subject.
"I've spoken to the family, and I don't want to say much because they're the ones to say it, but it broke my heart that this horrible rumor [about Jamie's health] was running around," the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said. "I immediately got the right information, [but] I just think people can't run with stuff like that. It's hurtful to so many people."
Also in May, Kevin Hart, spoke about his friend on the podcast Impaulsive, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
"The dope thing is that he's getting better in his situation, and everybody's prayers, everybody's love, energy, all that stuff is seen and felt," the comedian said. He did not go into details, but added, "I've heard things. I'm very fortunate to have the relationship with Jamie, that I can check on things … They're being tight [with information] for reasons—just about where he is—because Jamie's always been a private person."
Jamie has some upcoming projects still in the works.
As Coleman mentioned, Jamie has some projects already in the works. At the time that he was hospitalized, he was in Georgia filming the movie Back in Action alongside Cameron Diaz.
Jamie also has a new show with Corinne coming up. The two have been co-hosting Beat Shazam since 2017, and while Nick Cannon and Kelly Osbourne took over for them amid Jamie's recovery, they plan to return. The father/daughter duo will also host We Are Family, a new music-themed show that will feature "non-famous relatives of celebrities performing duets with their hidden famous family member," as reported by Variety.