It's why I fell in love with him: Amy Schumer reveals husband has autism

Photo: Elizabeth Sisson/Netflix
Photo: Elizabeth Sisson/Netflix 

Amy Schumer has been an open book on the subject of her pregnancy but, until now, has remained relatively mum on her marriage to chef Chris Fischer.

Schumer's one-hour stand-up show Growing is streaming from today on Netflix and in it she has not only revealed that Fischer is on the autism spectrum, but also that his unique characteristics made her fall in love with him in the first place.

Of her husband she says, "I knew from the beginning that my husband's brain was a little different than mine. I have to start this over because I really want to get this right because I love him very much."

Amy Schumer with husband Chris Fischer.
Amy Schumer with husband Chris Fischer. Photo: Alamy

She continues, "My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger's... he's on the spectrum, and there were some signs early on."

She affectionately admitted there were many moments when they were first dating that left her scratching her head.

Like the time she stumbled in the street and fell and he, "...kind of froze and became a lighthouse, opening and closing his mouth," instead of helping her up.

Fischer also had a very special portrait made of her. "I want you to know that there were no qualifiers before he showed me this picture," she says, showing off a rather unflattering portrait painted on a plate. "I look like Trump," she exclaims.

Amy says that Chris' diagnosis was a lightbulb moment for her. "Once he was diagnosed, all of the reasons that made (it) clear he was on the spectrum were all of the reasons I fell madly in love with him. That's the truth." 


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Well and truly his own person, Amy expresses her love and admiration for a man who is absolutely true to himself, and those he loves.

"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."

The pair were married in February 2018 a short time after announcing their relationship to the world and Schumer revealed her pregnancy in October on Instagram to her 8 million followers. The star hilariously pasted her and Chris' heads onto a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, who had just announced a royal baby on the way.

Amy has told of her struggles with hyperemisis gravidarium, estimating "conservatively" that she has vomited "980 times".

The star is due in May, advising fans on February 23 that on medical advice she would have to cancel the remainder of her tour.