Michael J. Fox says he would have forgiven his wife Tracy Pollan if she had decided to “step out” during their 35-year marriage as he struggles with Parkinson’s disease.
“She would have been forgiven at any point if she had said, ‘I’m just going to get out,'” the 62-year-old actor said Thursday. CBS mornings of his wife, 63. ‘But she didn’t do that.’
The Back To The Future star was 29 in 1991 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and made the information public in 1998.
“I obviously love Tracy and she’s a great person and has been through a lot,” Fox said. “I realize she has a life separate from the fact that I have Parkinson’s, and I’m Alex Keaton or Marty McFly, she’s a person. I think that’s why it went well.’
Fox said of their marriage: ‘She had told me by saying, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. She was able to guide me through it and go through it with me. And she has been doing that for 35 years.’
The latest: Michael J. Fox, 62, says he would have forgiven his wife Tracy Pollan, 63, if she had decided to ‘step out’ amid their 35-year marriage as he battles Parkinson’s disease . He appeared on CBS Mornings on Thursday
The couple was pictured at an event in New York last June, the month before they celebrated their milestone anniversary
Fox and Pollan are parents to son Sam Michael, 34, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 28, and daughter Esmé Annabelle, 21.
On the CBS broadcast, the Spin City star explained how Pollan has remained by his side amid his health issues.
“We knew the bus was coming and we knew it was going to hit, but we didn’t know how far it was or how fast it was going,” he said.
The couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last July and took to Instagram to commemorate the occasion.
Fox, who also played Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties, captioned a carousel of shots: “35 years of laughing, living, listening and loving you @tracy.pollan.” Thanks for everything. Forever yours, Mike.”
Pollan said of her: ’35 years!!! Happy birthday my love. Here’s to many more glorious adventures together. I couldn’t love you more.’
Fox told CBS that despite his health problems, he is doing his best to remain optimistic.
“The positivity is really genuine,” he said. “I really feel it, and it’s real. But it’s hard-fought and hard-won, I would say.”
The Teen Wolf actor gave more insight into how he and his wife are moving forward during these difficult times.
Fox said during the broadcast: “Obviously I love Tracy and she’s a great person and has been through a lot.”
The Spin City star explained how Pollan has stayed by his side amid his health issues.
Fox said of Parkinson’s disease: “We knew the bus was coming and we knew it was going to hit, but we didn’t know how far away it was or how fast it was going.”
Fox and Pollan are parents to son Sam Michael, 34, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 28, and daughter Esmé Annabelle, 21
“We can find ways to give ourselves a break, to give ourselves credit for getting through life on life’s terms,” he said. “And to do that, you have to stop and say, ‘It’s not that bad; it’s not that bad’… they say the absence of fear is faith.’
He launched in the fall of 2000 The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Researchwhich ‘is committed to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for people living with Parkinson’s today.’
According to the foundation, it has raised more than $1.75 billion for charity.
“Parkinson’s patients are the experts of what we have,” Fox said in a statement on the foundation’s website. ‘As patients we have a responsibility to share our experiences; what works for us, what we respond to, what we can contribute to research.’
Fox was honored last year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an honorary Academy Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his efforts to find a cure.