One of the things we really love about Amy Schumer is her honesty when it comes to parenting. From sharing photos of herself pumping milk on social media to admitting that she’d had to change her son’s name once she realised how ‘Gene Attell’ sounded out loud, we can trust Amy to tell it like it is.
Most recently, Amy has opened up about the possibility that her two-year-old son will have inherited autism from his dad, her husband Chris Fischer. Amy and Chris – a chef at Martha’s Vineyard – have been married since 2018. He was diagnosed with neurodivergence later in life, something Amy discussed on her 2019 Netflix show, Growing.
Given that autism can sometimes be passed on to a child from their parents, Amy has also been reflecting on the fact this could be the case for Gene and Chris. Speaking on Chelsea Handler’s podcast Dear Chelsea, she said: ‘I think the statistics are pretty strong toward he will most likely have autism.
‘Parents have different journeys with this. Having a child with severe autism is beyond my imagination difficult.
‘But if Gene does wind up having ASD, I’m not looking for the signs in a way that are upsetting, I’m not hoping either way.’
As he is still only a toddler, Gene would not be able to be tested for autism for a few years, but Amy says all she cares about is that he’s ‘healthy and happy’.
‘He’s two and a half and I think they don’t diagnose children until maybe six at the earliest’ she said. ‘You can see some signs but the diagnosis doesn’t come until later and I can say honestly I don’t have a preference either way.
‘You just want your kids to be healthy and happy.’
Amy added: ‘Most of my favourite people are on the spectrum.’