Actor, producer and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher recently shocked fans when he revealed he had been diagnosed with an autoimmune illness. The condition, known as cystoid macular edema or CME, is a rare eye disorder that causes inflammation of the macula which can lead to blindness.
Ashton Kutcher is opening up about why appearing on the red carpet is difficult for him.
Ashton Kutcher is opening up about why he shies away from red carpets. The actor has long been an advocate for the autoimmune illness community, and it’s because of his own struggles with psoriasis that he finds it difficult to attend red carpet events.
Kutcher recently revealed on social media that he was diagnosed with a rare form of psoriasis called hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). He shared his story in hopes of helping others who suffer from autoimmune illnesses feel less alone on their journey. The diagnosisonly adds to why Kutcher isn’t seen at many Hollywood events.
“There are times when I’m dealing with flares and don’t want to be seen in public,” Kutcher said in a recent interview.
Actor Ashton Kutcher, 45, recently stopped by for a chat on the Chicks in the Office podcast
During the conversation, he opened up about his struggles with an autoimmune illness that he was diagnosed with last year. The actor revealed that he had been experiencing nausea and fatigue while walking red carpets but attributed it to stress and exhaustion. Little did Kutcher know, he was actually suffering from an incurable auto-immune condition. In order to manage his symptoms, Kutcher has had to make changes to his lifestyle including exercising more and eating healthier foods. With newfound knowledge of his condition, Kutcher is now able to take better care of himself and hopes that speaking out about it will help others who may be going through similar experiences. Tune into the Chicks in the Office podcast for more from Ashton’s candid conversation!
“I can’t hear very well, I’m hard of hearing in one ear and I can only hear in the other,” he explained to Ria and Fran, who host the podcast. “I don’t know who’s yelling my name but I know there’s a lot of people yelling, ‘Reese! Ashton! Over here! Look this way!’ And at a certain point you’re like, ‘God, this is really something. Look at the camera? Got it. Are we done? Awesome.'”
Even his wife, Mila Kunis, 39, called him out on his red-carpet awkwardness. Recently, Ashton Kutcher revealed a shocking diagnosis to the public: the actor has been living with an autoimmune illness for years. While talking to Drew Barrymore on her talk show, Kutcher shared how he had noticed something wasn’t right in recent years and that he was struggling to keep up with regular activities. The actor also revealed that even his own wife had taken notice of his awkwardness on the red-carpets and had called him out on it.
Kutcher’s diagnosis came as a surprise to many fans who have followed the actor over the past two decades since he first appeared in That 70’s Show.
Revealed on the podcast and in a recent interview, Ashton Kutcher admitted that his co-star Mila Kunis threw him into a group chat with Reese Witherspoon to make them aware of some funny memes involving The Spy Who Dumped Me. The actor stated that these were “hilarious” and found himself laughing along with Witherspoon at the memes.
However, Kutcher wasn’t only on the podcast to talk about his experience working with Kunis, but also to open up about an autoimmune illness he was diagnosed with last year. He revealed that after suffering from symptoms such as exhaustion and joint pain for many years, he finally discovered what was wrong through a conversation with a doctor. This diagnosis came as quite a shock for the star who had previously been misdiagnosed by different doctors in the past.
“She texted Reese and I together, and she’s like ‘Guys, you gotta, like, act like you like each other,’” the actor hilariously recalled.
Actor Ashton Kutcher is revealing his struggle with a little-known autoimmune disease
Kutcher, who is best known for his roles in “That ’70s Show” and “Two and a Half Men,” recently came forward to show the world he has been living with vasculitis, an illness that affects the blood vessels.
This diagnosis has caused inflammation and narrowing of blood vessels, which resulted in his hearing loss. The actor’s condition was first diagnosed while he was working on a movie set. After hearing tests revealed something wasn’t right, further testing showed that it was due to vasculitis.
Kutcher has opened up about this health issue in an attempt to raise awareness of the autoimmune disorders that affect so many people worldwide. He hopes by speaking out more people will learn about these conditions and get tested if they experience any symptoms like he did.
“I woke up one day and was having vision issues, could hardly see. Knocked out my hearing, which threw off my equilibrium, my balance, and I couldn’t walk. I had vasculitis that you’re very well aware of,” Kutcher revealed during a Dec. 2022 interview with ET.
After being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2019, his physician, Dr. Agus, noted that he has made “impressive” progress.
“It was life-threatening. I mean, literally, it was life-threatening,” Dr. Agus told the outlet before revealing that it got so bad that Kunis called him one day saying, “Ashton is just… he’s not saying things that make sense.”
“So going from a life-threatening illness with aggressive treatment, he pulled out of and now he’s back to his entirely normal self and it really is amazing to watch. He didn’t want to hide it and he wanted to be an inspiration for others and that’s just who he is,” the doctor said.