'I have learned how to live': Jamie Foxx on how his sister with Down Syndrome inspired him
Jamie Foxx shares a close bond with his youngest sister, DeOndra Dixon, who suffers from Down Syndrome
Jamie Foxx shares a special relationship with his youngest sister, DeOndra Dixon. Dixon is one among millions around the world with Down Syndrome, but that has not stopped the pair from sharing a close bond with each other.
In fact, it has brought them closer than ever, and the two have worked extensively in raising awareness through numerous events about the genetic disorder that is known to be the most common autosomal chromosome abnormality in humans.
The 50-year-old actor is set to appear on the next episode of NBC's 'Dateline' alongside Dixon and will open up about his connection to her. People reported what viewers can expect from some of the segments on the show, including one where Dixon reveals how she feels "down and sad" when her brother is not around. Foxx hilariously responds to her concerns by saying, "And what do you do? You text me. You say, ‘Where you at?’ And, ‘Where the money at?’"
In a later part of the episode, the 'Django Unchained' star also reveals what he's learned from being around Dixon. "I learned how to live. Sometimes we get caught up in our world on the extras of everything — ‘Ah, the Mercedes is not the right color!’," he says. "And then you see this girl over here, ‘I just want to live. I want to dance. I want to love.’ She brings you back down to what life is."
Foxx has also talked about his sister in previous interviews, including one with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, who endowed him with their Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. Asked to describe Dixon, he said, "She speaks her mind and knows that there’s nothing she can’t do. She has such a special quality, and she can light up a room. I don’t know where she gets it. It’s amazing."
Jamie Foxx and his sister DeOndra Dixon at the 2016 Global Down Syndrome Foundation's "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" fashion show pic.twitter.com/0y0idDpUqV— Jamie Foxx News (@jamiefoxxUS) 15 November 2016
Dixon, although a sibling to the Oscar and Grammy winner, has still managed to make a name for herself. The 33-year-old was honored with the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award and was made the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador in 2011.
Foxx revealed what contributed to her current success. "It’s the way our family treats her," he said. "With DeOndra, we let her jump in the water and swim a little bit, so to speak. She goes everywhere we go. She’s usually the life of the party!"
He also talked about how his mother played an important role in Dixon's development. "She was the one making sure DeOndra went to school and got involved in all the activities," he explained. "She always said, 'Get out there and do your thing! Go to school, play, have fun — there’s nothing different about you!'," adding that he hoped Dixon can "live her life with no boundaries".