After suffering a rare autoimmune illness that impaired his vision and hearing, Ashton Kutcher considers himself “fortunate to be alive.” The Ranch actor, 44, revealed his diagnosis in a sneak peek of his forthcoming episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls published by Access Hollywood on Monday, detailing how his health scare changed his outlook on life.
“Like two years ago, I had this odd, very uncommon form of vasculitis, it like took out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium,” he said of the rare autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of blood vessels, potentially causing organ and tissue damage. “It took me about a year to rebuild it all.”
“You don’t appreciate it until it’s gone,” Kutcher added. “Until you say, ‘I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to see again, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to hear again, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to walk again.'”
This is the first time Ashton Kutcher has spoken publicly about his illness. “[I’m] fortunate to be alive,” he remarked.
The That ’70s Show star, who has two children with wife Mila Kunis, Wyatt, 7, and Dimitri, 5, continued, “You don’t realise how valuable something is until it’s gone. Until you say, ‘I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to see again, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to hear again, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to walk again.'”
Going through this health battle gave Ashton Kutcher a new perspective on life. “The minute you start seeing your problems as things intended for you, to offer you what you need, life starts to get exciting,” he says. “You begin to surf on top of your difficulties rather than dwelling beneath them.” Grylls concurred “In survival, what do they say? Storms strengthen you. And I believe he is live proof of that.”
Ashton Kutcher previously suffered from severe pancreatitis after consuming “too much carrot juice” in preparation for his role as Steve Jobs in the 2013 film Jobs. “First and foremost, the fruitarian diet can lead to significant complications,” the actor warned at the time, during a screening of the film. “My pancreatic levels were completely off,” he explained. “Considering everything, it was pretty horrifying.”
Kunis later verified her husband’s health scare, admitting on an episode of Hot Ones in October 2021 that Ashton Kutcher had been hospitalised twice due to his unusual film preparation diet. “He was so stupid. He only ate grapes once since he was so foolish “At the time, she stated. “We were hospitalised twice for pancreatitis!” Ashton Kutcher’s episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls premieres on National Geographic on August 8.