Ashton Kutcher’s twin, Michael Kutcher, has revealed that he was “very angry” when his brother spoke publicly about his cerebral palsy diagnosis.
The actor de No Strings Attached He spoke about his twin brother’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy during an interview in 2003.
However, according to Michael, who was diagnosed with the disorder affecting a person’s ability to move when he was three years old, he hadn’t wanted the world to know about his illness, or for it to be known as the “face of PC.”
“I was very angry. Very angry. I remember talking to him about it,” Michael told Today . “I didn’t want to be the face of CP. I never talked about it. ”
Despite his initial anger, Michael, who now works as a representative for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, told the outlet that he now looks back on the moment with gratitude as it allowed him to embrace who he really was.
Using Kutcher’s real name Chris, his twin brother said, “Chris did me the biggest favor he’s ever done because he allowed me to be myself.”
According to Michael, after his diagnosis was made public, he was contacted by a woman who had wanted to know if he would speak at a gala about his life experience with the disease.
Reflecting on the encounter, the 43-year-old recalled how the woman had brought her five-year-old daughter Bella, who also had cerebral palsy.
It was at this point that Michael said that he realized he needed to “let go” of his shame and become a champion for other people with the disease.
“I realized that I needed to let go of the shame I was feeling and be a champion for people like Bella,” he said. “I was finally ready to tell my story and I knew that thanks to my twin, I would have a great reach.”
While talking to Today Michael also talked about what it was like growing up with the actor as his brother, revealing that his twin frequently defended him against bullies.
A moment from his childhood where the brothers were riding their bikes stands out for Michael, who recalled how his brother had tried to fight bullies who made fun of his twin.
According to Michael, the fact that his brother wanted the other children to treat him with respect “meant a lot.”
Michael also revealed other gestures his brother made to make him feel included, like making sure his twin got invitations to sleepovers too.
“Most of the time they would say yes, but sometimes they would say no and Chris would say, ‘Well then I’m not going,” recalls Michael, adding, “Chris would say to me, ‘I wish I could take all of this away from him, and take it myself.”