Martin Lawrence Reacts to ‘Rumors’ About His Health

Martin Lawrence attends the premiere of Bad Boys: Ride or Die in Los Angeles on May 30, 2024. (Credit: Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Martin Lawrence insists there’s no reason to be concerned about his health.

The actor responded to claims that he appears to be having health problems after he looked unsteady on his feet at the Los Angeles premiere of Bad Boys: Ride or Die on May 30.

Viral video from the premiere showed his co-star Will Smith holding Lawrence’s hand as they walked on top of a double-decker bus and waved to fans. The footage prompted social media users to say Smith was “assisting” an ailing Lawrence.

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The two actors sat down for an interview on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning on Tuesday, June 4, and were asked about the internet speculation.

“Now Martin… everybody’s talking about you on the balcony waving at people, where you’re looking around? … people took it like something was wrong with your health, or something,” radio personality Ebro Darden asked.

Lawrence said he was just surprised by the massive crowd outside the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, for the film which opened today.

“I was like, ‘Oh, this is rock concert stuff. What the hell is going on? For a movie?'” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, man.'”

Ebro then pressed Lawrence about his health. “But on that note, Martin is there anything you want to say to the people because they’re concerned about your health,” he said.

“I’m fine. I’m in God’s hands,” Lawrence responded. “I’m blessed. You know, I’m glad to be waking up every day. I’m all good. No need for people to be concerned.”

Later in the interview, the Martin star said, “I’m healthy as hell. Stop the rumors!”

It wasn’t the first time fans have expressed concerns about Lawrence’s health.

In January, the actor became a trending topic on social media when he reunited with the cast of Martin for a skit at the 75th Emmys.

Lawrence was joined on stage by Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, and Carl Anthony Payne II.

The four actors got in character and delivered signature lines, but Lawrence appeared to be speaking more slowly than the rest of the cast.

The Emmys posted video of the sketch on YouTube and fans filled the comments section. While everyone welcomed the reunion, one person said Lawrence appeared “defeated,” while another noted, “Martin just doesn’t have that spark that he did anymore.”

Lawrence, 59, has faced medical emergencies in the past.

In the 1990s, he was briefly hospitalized after walking into traffic in Los Angeles with a handgun and screaming. The Washington Post reported on the incident at the time, and compared Lawrence to “a gun-wielding madman.” A doctor later said he was suffering from extreme exhaustion and dehydration.

In 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported on Lawrence being hospitalized, saying he had “collapsed and slipped into a coma.” Doctors said his medical emergency was caused by severe heat exhaustion while exercising.

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