In a rare interview, twin brothers Ashton and Michael Kutcher opened up about both their connection and their split.
The couple appeared in the new Paramount+ series. “Doctor’s examination. David Agus.
Agus, Ashton Kutcher’s doctor, spoke to the actor for the first time about his struggle with autoimmune vasculitis.
He later sat down with his brothers to talk about Michael Kutcher, who had cerebral palsy, and the moment he nearly died as a child after contracting viral myocarditis, which caused his heart to enlarge and fail.
Both brothers became worried about Michael’s cardiac arrest when Ashton visited him in the intensive care unit.
“I walk into a room and I’m like, ‘Wow,'” Ashton Kutcher said, holding back tears. “I’m like… ‘Everything’s not okay.’ And he stands straight in the room, and I know that because of this noise now I sometimes visit.
He said he thought about jumping off the balcony to help his brother, since his heart would fit. Michael Kutcher received a donor heart 24 hours later.
He later had to undergo open-heart surgery after a blood clot was discovered. Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher’s career as a model and actor took off, and he said he felt guilty.
The “That ’70s Show” star said he was wondering, “How can I be this lucky?”
“For my brother… to be born with cerebral palsy, then get a heart transplant, then get this accidental blood clot, all these things that you say, “Who has to go through this?” he said.
According to him, in the end, Michael Kutcher called him.
“He looked at me and said: “Every time you feel sorry for me, you make me worse,” said Ashton Kutcher. “He said, ‘This is the only life I’ve ever known, so stop feeling sorry for the only thing I have.’ And that then led to a complete shift back to where I think we are today, which is equality again.”
Michael Kutcher told Agus that the brothers separated due to jealousy on his part after his brother’s name became a “household name”.
“There was a point where I thought he was getting more attention than me,” Michael Kutcher said. “It got me to the point where I became jealous.”
The brothers discussed it, Michael Kutcher said, adding, “And once I took all the fame and all of it, I was able to just, you know, go back to it.”
They also had a problem after the actor publicly stated that his brother had cerebral palsy, which Michael Kutcher did not share. Ashton Kutcher said during an interview that he didn’t know his brother kept it a secret.
Michael Kutcher is now an advocate for the disabled.