Selma Blair revealed multiple sclerosis diagnosis so people wouldn’t think she’s drunk

American actress Selma Blair
American actress Selma Blair

Selma Blair revealed her multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis because she didn’t want people to “think [she] was drunk”.

The 47-year-old actress bravely came forward last year to reveal she has been diagnosed with the disease, in which the immune system attacks nerves in the body and creates difficulties with speaking and moving.

And after previously battling an alcohol addiction, Selma – who now has to walk with a stick after MS caused her to lose the ability to fully use her left leg – was afraid people would think she had relapsed.

“I’m sober, and I’m so proud of that.”

— Selma Blair

She said: “I didn’t want people to think that I was drunk, because I have a history of that. I’m sober, and I’m so proud of that. So that’s really the reason. I’d rather someone think, ‘Oh, she’s going to be in a wheelchair,’ rather than that I’m up in the minibar.”

The Cruel Intentions star also admitted she first started developing the signs of MS almost a decade before she was diagnosed, but had put it down to arthritis or a pinched nerve. And now wishes she had asked for an MRI scan to detect the disease much sooner.

Selma – who has eight-year-old son Arthur with ex-partner Jason Bleick – added: “Before my son was born I definitely noticed a kind of rapid ageing in my 30s, and that was very painful. I just thought I had arthritis. I was very active, horse jumping, and I just thought I pinched a nerve, that was the numbness. I’ve always had a lazy eye. I just thought, ‘Well, human bodies are strange.’ “