Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly ‘didn’t want to get too close’ to son
Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney separately decided to guard their own hearts after son Billy was born with a congenital heart condition.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host revealed Billy’s heart defects during a 13-minute monologue in May, explaining that the newborn had almost immediately undergone open-heart surgery, just three days after he was born.
“There were secrets we kept from each other that we revealed only after the second surgery,” the late show host told Oprah Winfrey in an interview for O, The Oprah Magazine‘s April issue.
“The biggest one was that, I think subconsciously, we didn’t want to get too close to the baby, because we didn’t know what was going to happen…I don’t know if that’s right or wrong or common or uncommon. But when I told her I was feeling that way, she said, ‘Oh, I’m so happy you said that because I was feeling that way too, and I didn’t want to express it.’”
Kimmel spent the ensuing months fighting for health care on his show, including an ongoing battle with Sen. Bill Cassidy.
Today, the comedian said, Billy is “great.”
“He’ll have another surgery when he’s around 6 or 7 years old,” Kimmel told Winfrey, “but in the meantime, he’s doing great.”