Last December, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Val Kilmer got very candid about his two-year battle with throat cancer.
Apparently, he had to undergo a procedure on his trachea, which turned his voice raspy and left him short of breath.
This admission was very difficult for Kilmer to make because the actor has always valued his privacy. In fact, it took him a whole year to finally come clean about his diagnosis, after rumors began to spread about his failing health.
Speculation about Kilmer's illness began back in 2015 when he was photographed with a breathing aid. Despite the fact that his fellow actor Michael Douglas revealed in an interview that Kilmer was "dealing with" cancer, the Top Gun star wrote in a 2016 Facebook post that Douglas was "misinformed" and reassured fans that he was healthy.
"Some fans have mistakenly thought my silence about my personal issues meant that somehow I wasn't being responsible to my health, because of my reliance on prayer and Love. Nothing could be further from the truth," wrote Kilmer.
Turns out, he was just deflecting attention away from himself while he underwent treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery. The 58-year-old finally confirmed that he was diagnosed with the disease during a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) in May 2017.
"He [Michael Douglas] was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho [sic] healing all the time," Kilmer explained.
Kilmer admitted to THR that the disease has "taken its toll" on his body, and the recovery process wasn't easy. At the time of the interview, the Batman actor seemed to have been recovering well, however, a new update is indicating otherwise.