Jamie Foxx speaks out for first time since hospitalization: ‘I went to hell and back’

Jamie Foxx says he’s grateful to be alive after going “to hell and back” after a medical emergency that sent him to the hospital.

The actor took to Instagram on Friday and posted his first video message to his fans after suffering an undisclosed medical complication in April.

“I can’t tell you how far it’s taken me and how it’s brought me back,” Foxx said, thanking his fans and family for their support. “I went through something I thought I would never go through.”

Foxx has largely stayed out of the spotlight. He has been spotted in Chicago in recent weeks, undergoing medical treatment at a facility that specializes in the rehabilitation of patients with physical disabilities, brain injuries or spinal injuries.

“I just didn’t want you to see me like that,” Foxx said. “I didn’t want you to see my hoses coming out of me and I’m trying to figure out if I could make it.”

He even denied rumors circulating on social media, claiming he was blind and paralyzed.

“As you can see… my eyes are working fine… I’m not paralyzed,” he said.

On Thursday, the actor posted a picture of himself riding a gold racing car in front of a Las Vegas hotel. The car is labeled “BETMGM”, an online sports betting company.

Foxx captioned it: “Grateful for my @betmgm family and a great few nights in Vegas. We have BIG things ahead of us soon.”

Commenting on the post, a photographer named Erik Umphery said, “As always, it’s been a great experience working with you over the past two days.”

The actor’s daughter, Corinne Foxx, posted on Instagram in May that her father was on the road to recovery.

“My father has been out of the hospital for weeks and is recovering. In fact, he was playing pickleball yesterday! Thank you for all your prayers and support,” she wrote.

CNN contributed to this report.