Actress Christina Applegate has announced that she has multiple sclerosis.
“Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS,” Applegate tweeted late Monday night. “It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a______ blocks it.
“As one of my friends that has MS said “we wake up and take the indicated action”. And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo.”
The 49-year-old actress is best known for playing Kelly Bundy on the long-running Fox sitcom “Married… with Children” in the 1980s and 90s, but she’s also had numerous other roles in television, film and theater. She starred in the ABC sitcom “Samantha Who” from 2007-09, the NBC sitcom “Up All Night” in 2011-12, and in the Netflix series “Dead to Me,” which began in 2019.
Her film roles include “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” (1991), “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013), “Hall Pass” (2011) and “Bad Moms” (2016).
She has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards — winning once — and received and a Tony nomination for the 2005 Broadway revival of “Sweet Charity.”
Applegate underwent a double mastectomy in 2008.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Dutch musician Martyn LeNoble, who founded the alternative rock band Porno for Pyros in 1992.
Her prolific charity work includes involvement with Entertainment Industry Foundation, Adopt-A-Classroom, The Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, World Animal Protection, PETA and the Trevor Project.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Nearly 1 million people are living with MS in the United States, and more than 2.3 million people worldwide have the disease, according to the group.