Many people who are not familiar with the story have wondered why actress Jenny McCarthy, a one time Playboy Playmate of the Year, who has also starred nude for the Playboy magazine and appeared in films like BASEketball (1998), Scream 3 (2000), and Santa Baby (2006), has actively campaigned against vaccines and promoted the disproven idea that it causes autism. The Illinois native came to the conclusion of her claim that has made her be labeled as the Face of the anti-vaxxx movement, following the autism diagnosis of her son, Evan Joseph Asher.
Read on to find out all we have been able to discover about Evan’s illness, how it shaped his parents’ life, the course of treatment undertaken and other facts.
Evan Joseph Asher – Bio
Evan Joseph Asher was born on the 18th of May, 2002. At around two years old, it is said that he began to show early signs of autism as he had his first seizure. Doctors at the time diagnosed him with epilepsy but as the story goes, the treatment he apparently received worsened his condition as he began having seizures more frequently.
Following a trip to the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, doctors at the facility diagnosed Evan Joseph Asher with autism. The diagnosis was later confirmed by the State of California Regional Center as Evan’s speech impaired and his growth lagged behind. Evan’s health was kept under wraps by her parents until 2007 when his mother revealed it to the media.
The UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment helped in providing treatment for Evan whose condition positively changed. He was able to get back some of his speech and could also interact with other people. Over the years, Evan Joseph Asher continued to show mental and emotional improvement thanks to both the medical and non-medical treatments he received. He went on to spend some time away from the fast-paced life of LA as his parents moved him to the Chicago suburb of Geneva, where he was able to freely interact with other people and improve his condition.
Evan Joseph Asher’s life has since drastically improved as he has been able to launch his own YouTube channel called Gaming USA. He further has an Instagram account which he operates by himself.
Evan Joseph Asher’s Parents
As mentioned above, Evan Joseph Asher is the son of actors Jenny McCarthy and John Mallory Asher. According to reports, the two met in late 1998 while they were filming the comedy film Diamonds (1999). By January 1999, love appeared to be in the air for the pair as they quickly got engaged and went ahead to exchange marital vows just a few months later in September of that same year.
After about three years of enjoying each other’s company, McCarthy and Asher decided to start a family as they welcomed their son, Evan Joseph Asher to the world. Unfortunately for the couple, their son’s autism put a strain on their relationship and they soon parted ways, finalizing their divorce in May 2005.
John Asher, who had just witnessed the crumbling of his second marriage, decided to keep the details about his private life away from the public. It is not clear who or if he has dated ever since. Jenny McCarthy, on the other hand, has had high profile relationships. She dated funnyman Jim Carrey from 2005 to 2010 and the two were reportedly living together. In 2013, she announced that she was in a relationship with actor Donnie Wahlberg. The pair got engaged a year later and married in August 2014.
Other Facts About Jenny McCarthy’s Son
1. Following his mother’s experiences with raising him, she has been able to author a few books where she spoke about her journey and the unscientific methods she had used to care for her son which has brought about positive changes. She further used the opportunity to put blame on the vaccine shots Evan received as the root cause of his situation.
2. Due to his condition, Evan Joseph Asher was bullied in Summer Camp. However, because of the same condition, he was said to have not understood that he was being bullied and actually thought that his bullies were his friends.
3. During Evan’s mother’s wedding to Donnie Wahlberg in 2014, he delivered a short wedding speech much to the delight of his family.
4. John Asher directed the film A Boy Called Po (2016) which is based on his relationship with his son Evan Joseph Asher. Its aim was to bring awareness to autism.