Jamie Foxx was overcome with emotion at the Critics Choice Association Awards Celebration of Cinema & Television Honoring Black, Latino & AAPI Achievements Monday night.
The Oscar winner, 55, fought back tears as he accepted the Vanguard award from presenter and “The Burial” co-star Jurnee Smollett in his first public appearance since his mysterious “medical complication” in April.
After receiving an overwhelming standing ovation from the audience while walking across the stage, Foxx couldn’t help but speak out about the health scare he endured earlier this year.
“You know, it’s crazy, I couldn’t do that six months ago — I couldn’t actually walk,” Foxx began his 12-minute speech, before taking a pause due to being overcome with emotion.
“I’m not a clone, I’m not a clone. I know a lot of people who were saying I was cloned out there,” he quipped. “I want to thank everybody. I’ve been through something, I’ve been through some things.
“I cherish every single minute now — it’s different,” he shared. “I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy because it’s tough when it’s almost over … when you see the tunnel. I saw the tunnel — I didn’t see the light.”
“I have a new respect for life. I have a new respect for my art. I watched so many movies and listened to so many songs trying to have the time go by. Don’t give up on your art, man, don’t give up,” he added.
Foxx last spoke out about his health woes in July, saying he went to “hell and back” as he praised his sister Deidra Dixon, and daughter Corinne Foxx, 29, for saving his life.
“I went through something I thought I would never, ever go through,” Foxx said, informing his 16 million followers he’s not “blind” or “paralyzed.”
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“I know a lot of people were waiting or wanting to hear an update, but to be honest with you, I didn’t want you to see me like that, man,” he admitted with tears in his eyes.
“I want you to see me laughing, having a good time, partying, cracking a joke, doing a movie or a television 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 make it through.”
While those close to Foxx have been tight-lipped on what exactly caused him to be hospitalized, his daughter Corinne revealed in April that her famous dad fell ill in the middle of production on his upcoming movie “Back in Action.”
He did, however, publicly speak out via Instagram in May to thank his fans for “all the love,” adding that he felt “blessed.”