Amy Schumer opens up about her life in her latest Netflix special – Amy Schumer: Growing – which was filmed in Chicago.
A lot has changed for the 37-year-old comedienne – she just got married last year to Chris Fischer, and they’re about to have their first baby. Amy got really candid about her engagement, marriage, pregnancy, and more in the hour-long special.
On her husband’s diagnosis
“I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” she said. “I have to start this over because I really want to get this right because I love him very much.”
“My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s. He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on,” Amy revealed. She then shared a story of how her husband reacted abnormally to her falling down during a walk together.
“Once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,” she continued. “That’s the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.”
On their engagement
Amy revealed that she was actually sleeping when he proposed.
“He kind of threw the ring box at me and he goes, ‘I got you this.’ And I open it and he goes, ‘Do you want me to get down on one knee?’ And I was like, ‘I guess not.’ And then I went back to sleep.”
“That’s a real-ass proposal, though,” she added.
On her journey through pregnancy
“I have not had an easy pregnancy,” Amy said. She had previously shared that she was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, which she explained on the show. “It’s extreme nausea and vomiting. If you’ve ever had food poisoning, it’s that. I’ve had that every day for five months. It’s been really awful…I throw up an Exorcist amount every day.”
She was forced to cancel the remainder of her tour due to complications of her condition, however, she assures everyone that she and the baby are doing fine.
On her biggest fear about being arrested
When Amy was arrested during a protest in Washington D.C. last October, “Some people criticized me. They were like, ‘That was irresponsible. You’re pregnant,’” she shared. “And I was like, ‘That’s why I went down there.’ I want to be able to tell this kid I did everything I could.”
“I’ve been arrested before, obviously, but I was obsessed with the fear of being hungry while I was locked up,” she revealed. “Which, it probably would have been like that before I was pregnant, but that just doubled it.”
On being pregnant at the same time with the Duchess of Sussex
Amy has made fun of herself, comparing herself to Meghan Markle, as they go through their pregnancy at the same time – she even shared a hilarious photoshopped photo of hers and her husband’s faces on a photo of Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s body to announce their pregnancy on Instagram.
“I think we’re like, to the day the same amount pregnant,” Amy mused. “She’s out there in six-inch heels, adorable outfits and there’s been no bump. She, like, cups where the bump will be…People see me, they’re like, Oh the last couple of weeks are the hardest, right? Are you crowning? I think I can see an ear.'”
Amy recently went on Late Night With Seth Myers to open up about her husband’s diagnosis, and why they decided to share it with the public.
“We both wanted to talk about it because it’s been totally positive,” Amy told the host.
“I think some people resist getting diagnosed… because of the stigma that comes along with it,” she explained. “But the tools we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life so much more manageable.”
“I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma,” Amy shared. “I think a lot of people with autism who go undiagnosed when I think their life could be better if they got those tools.”
She also reiterated that she fell in love with her husband because of his personality quirks – some of which may have stemmed from his autism.
“And I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody,” Amy said with a heartfelt smile.