2021 wasn't an easy year for Christina Applegate; the beloved actress was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) after she started to experience chronic pain and numbing in her body. She announced it on her Twitter on August 21, a few months after she found out while filming the last season of Netflix's Dead To Me.
Christina Applegate Shuts Down Online Trolls Who Went After Her Looks
She Shared Her Condition With Her Fans
Since then, Applegate has been adjusting to her situation. She has said she is disappointed with her prognosis but is hopeful there will be a cure soon enough for her to retrieve her good health. After the announcement, she took some time off acting and stayed out of the public eye.
Humor As A Coping Mechanism
Meanwhile, she has been very open with her diagnosis and even talked about it on The Kelly Clarkson Show on December 2022. In the interview, she commented she uses humor as a coping mechanism, "I do it to kind of deflect and then also make people not be scared around me," she added.
Christina's First Public Appearance
A few days ago, Christina shared on her Twitter how excited she was to attend this year's Critics Choice Awards ceremony on January 15th. This was Applegate's first awards show since 2019 and her first public appearance since she announced her diagnosis.
She Thanked Them For The Invitation
She Was With Her Daughter
She went in the company of her 11-year-old daughter, Sadie. They matched in black outfits while Christina proudly used a glam cane; during the night, she was photographed with other celebrities, including Julia Roberts. She was nominated for her role as Jen Harding in Dead To Me for Best Actress in a Comedy Series but unfortunately didn't win.
A Troll Attacked Her
Two days after the ceremony, the actress shared a message from an online troll who was criticizing her looks. They told her her face looked that way because of bad plastic surgery and not because of MS.
"What Is Wrong With People?"
It's One Of Many MS Consequences
Still, Christina has shared several times before how the diagnosis has caused her physical appearance to change drastically. This was a topic of conversation after her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony right when she gained forty pounds.
"This is the first time anyone's going to see me the way I am," she stated.
The Support Of Her Fans
"I'm never going to accept this; I'm pissed," Applegate said about MS. Still, fans online dismissed the troll's comments and defended Christina while feeling her profile of encouraging words. She decided to take it with humor and said she laughed at the message.