Ashton Kutcher and twin Michael talk about health, guilt and their breakup | spcilvly




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In a rare interview, twin brothers Ashton and Michael Kutcher opened up about both their bond and their breakup.

The couple appeared in the new Paramount+ series “The Checkup with Dr. David Agus.”

Agus, who is Ashton Kutcher’s doctor, spoke for the first time with the actor about his battle with vasculitis, an autoimmune disease.

He later sat down with the brothers to talk about Michael Kutcher having cerebral palsy and also the time he almost died as a young man after contracting viral myocarditis that caused his heart to enlarge and fail.

Both brothers were emotional over Michael’s cardiac arrest while Ashton visited him in the intensive care unit.

“I walk into the room and say ‘Wow,’” Ashton Kutcher said, fighting back tears. “I think… ‘Not everything is fine.’ And he stays still in the room and I know that noise because now I have been visiting him from time to time.”

He said he considered jumping off a balcony to help his brother since his heart would be a match. Michael Kutcher received a donor heart within 24 hours.

He later had to undergo open heart surgery after a blood clot was discovered. Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher’s career as a model and actor began to take off and he said he felt guilty.

The “That 70s Show” star said she wondered, “How can I be so lucky?”

“For my brother… being born with cerebral palsy, then getting a heart transplant, then having this random blood clot, these things that make you say, ‘Who has to go through that?’” she said.

Michael Kutcher finally challenged him, he said.

“He looked at me and said, ‘Every time you feel sorry for me, you make me less,’” Ashton Kutcher said. “He said, ‘This is the only life I’ve ever known, so stop feeling sorry for the only thing I have.’ And that then created a complete shift back to where I think we are today, which is again the same.”

Michael Kutcher told Agus that the brothers broke up due to jealousy on his part after his brother became “a household name.”

“There was a time when I saw that he was getting more attention than me,” Michael Kutcher said. “That got me to a point where he was jealous.”

The brothers talked about it, Michael Kutcher said, adding: “And once I took all the fame and everything in it, I was able to, you know, get back with him.”

They also had a problem after the actor publicly shared that his brother had cerebral palsy, something Michael Kutcher had not shared. Ashton Kutcher said during the interview that he didn’t know that his brother had kept it a secret.

Michael Kutcher is now an advocate for the disabled.

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