Selma Blair

Selma Blair Opens Up About MS Diagnosis: ‘I Cried With Relief’

Selma Blair is speaking out for the first time about her recent Multiple sclerosis diagnosis and her triumphant return to the spotlight at Sunday’s Vanity Fair Oscars party.

The “Cruel Intentions” star sat down with Robin Roberts for an interview that aired Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” Blair talked about learning of her diagnosis, saying she “cried with relief” when she learned the news.

She explained, “I had tears. They weren’t tears of panic, they were tears of knowing that I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control and there was some relief in that.”

Selma Blair said she had a hard time speaking during the interview because she was experiencing spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological disorder which affected her voice.

“I am doing very well,” Blair told Roberts. “I am very happy to see you. Being able to just put out what being in the middle of an aggressive form of Multiple sclerosis is like. So my speech, I have spasmodic dysphonia right now … It is interesting to be here to say this is what my particular case looks like right now.”

She also joked, “No one has the energy to talk when they’re in a flare-up, but I do because I love a camera.”

Blair made her first public appearance since her diagnosis at Sunday’s Vanity Fair Oscars party, where she posed on the red carpet with her custom cane.

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