Amy Schumer bought back her dad’s farm for Christmas. Gordon Schumer reportedly lost the farm when he had to file bankruptcy after years of financial hardship and health problems, according to ABC News.
Amy shared video footage of her frolicking on the Schumer family farm as a kid via Instagram along with a snapshot of the moment on FaceTime she let her dad know he was getting the deed back.
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Schumer’s dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis years ago, when Amy was just a kid. Mr. Schumer’s illness and relationship with his daughters and subsequent divorce inspired Amy’s critically acclaimed movie Trainwreck. According to the Daily Mail, Schumer became emotional as she discussed her father’s illness in an interview with Barbara Walters last year. Amy said it was because of his illness she was forced to step in as the matriarch of the family.
“He was in physical pain. That’s when I kind of took the lead and took care of everybody in my family,” Schumer explained. “I’m the one who ties it all together.”
According to E! Online, following the bankruptcy and loss of their family farm, the Schumers moved to Long Island. Gordon Schumer currently resides in an assisted living facility due to his multiple sclerosis.
Schumer told CBS’ Mo Rocca last year that all of the events of her late childhood — from Gordon Schumer’s illness to the bankruptcy to the move to her parents’ divorce — had an impact on helping her develop into the person she was today.
“I think it was the divorce and my dad getting sick that were the wonderful gifts that made me the strong angel you see here today,” Schumer said.
See the video below for the full interview
Amy Schumer is a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. Schumer came to the limelight in 2007 while competing on Season 5 of NBC’s The Last Comic Standing. Though Amy was voted out before the finale, Schumer had the last laugh when she went on to star in and produce her Emmy Award-winning Comedy Cental series Inside Amy Schumer.
Known for her strong views and persona, Schumer has often drawn criticism for crude language and behavior. She has also been the frequent victim of body-shaming. Amy’s tendency to fight back against her critics has made Schumer a media darling and modern representative for the feminist cause. One of Schumer’s most notorious plights, however, was to seek legislative gun control.
In July of 2015, John Russell Houser open fired in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater during the screening of Schumer’s Trainwreck. The shooting killed two and injured nine others, and Schumer was left devastated. With the hope of creating change, Amy turned to her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, for help in introducing gun control legislation. The legislation didn’t go far, however, after the senate refused to pass it.
Although Schumer often presents herself as having sharp edges, Amy’s public adoration of her family reveals her softer side. Amy’s close relationship with her sister, Kim Caramele, also inspired some of the fodder for Trainwreck. Kim is a writer and producer on Amy’s show and is her frequent companion for red carpet events.
Amy still has a relationship with her mother, Sandra. However, Schumer revealed in her memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo that her mother’s extramarital affair with Amy’s best friend’s father strained their relationship. The fallout of the affair made Amy even more of a daddy’s girl, hence the major Christmas purchase of the family farm for Gordon this year.
In April, the 34-year-old Amy posted a video of she and Gordon Schumer FaceTiming with his celebrity crush Goldie Hawn. Amy’s obvious joy is apparent as she sits behind her father, who tells Goldie that she’s the love of his life from his wheelchair. Schumer and Hawn star together in the upcoming movie Snatched, which is set to hit theaters on Mother’s Day weekend 2017.
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