Tiffany Chen is publicly discussing her recent diagnosis of Bell’s palsy, which she says happened after she gave birth to her and partner Robert De Niro’s first child.
In a preview clip of a sit-down interview with morning CBS‘ Gayle King scheduled to air in full on Friday, Chen explains how the condition worsened after she came home from the hospital after giving birth to daughter Gia Virginia Chen-De Niro earlier in the year now.
The female boxer said that at first, “her tongue had a strange feeling” before other symptoms related to a neurological disorder that can cause paralysis or weakness on both sides of the face after the nerves adjust. facial muscles are damaged or stop working properly.
“Feeling a little tingling – just starting to get a little numb. Then I realized my face just felt weird. I don’t know what I’m feeling,” she told King.
Chen also noticed changes in her face. “I looked in the mirror when I got home. It was like everything was starting to fall apart on its own,” she recalls. “It’s like my face is melting on its own.”
The symptoms started to get worse “a week after giving birth” – by which time Chen said “things started to hit”. That eventually prompted her to seek medical attention. “I called my doctor and said I was trying to eat. I just want to put a fork of food in my mouth, and everything comes out. I can’t eat. Then I started rambling,” she said.
The interview marked the first time Chen spoke about a medical condition that once affected her ability to eat. “They took me right to the hospital, was hospitalized, and I lost all facial functions as soon as I entered the hospital,” she recalls to King.
De Niro confirmed the birth of his and Chen’s baby in early May during an interview promoting his new film. About my father. Last month, the paparazzi snapped photos of the duo, which included Chen with a small belly, leaving Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica with Billy Crystal and Harvey Keitel. Gia is De Niro’s seventh child.