“There were secrets we kept from each other that we revealed only after the second surgery,” Kimmel, 50, shared in the latest issue of O Magazine, according to People. “The biggest one was that, I think subconsciously, we didn’t want to get too close to the baby because we didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Billy was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia and underwent open-heart surgery at three days old.
“I don’t know if that’s right or wrong or common or uncommon,” the late-night host shared. “But when I told her I was feeling that way, she said, ‘Oh I’m so happy you said that because I was feeling that way too, and I didn’t want to express it.’”
In December, Billy underwent a second surgery when he was seven months old.
Today, the proud dad says his son is doing well. “He’s great,” Kimmel added. “He’ll have another surgery when he’s around 6 or 7 years old, but in the meantime, he’s doing great.”
Since disclosing his son’s health issues, Kimmel has gotten increasingly political in his monologues. Unfortunately, his unfiltered comments have cost him commercially.
“That’s not ideal, but I wouldn’t change anything I said,” he said.