Jamie Foxx shares adorable snap of sister with Down syndrome on her 34th birthday
Jamie Foxx’s recent photo with his younger sister is melting hearts across the internet. The “Ray” actor also revealed how she makes his life better.
The close-up photo showed Foxx and DeOndra Dixon in a tight embrace. The siblings sported bright smiles as they looked toward the camera, and Foxx wrote:
“Happy birthday to my lil sis! Super proud of u. Blessed by your beautiful spirit! And blessed by you love!! I owe u a dance party!!”
Foxx, 50, and his sister have been the subject of many interviews and publications because of the close bond existing between the two. During an interview with NBC’s “Dateline,” the actor noted affectionately:
"DeOndra has a light on that has been on since she was born."
He’s one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but as far as @iamjamiefoxx is concerned, his baby sister is the family superstar. @tvkatesnow reports on an all-new #Dateline Friday starting at 10/9c on NBC. pic.twitter.com/afO7ixsD5d— Dateline NBC (@DatelineNBC) August 30, 2018
He adds that, despite being his younger sister, Dixon, who has Down Syndrome, has taught him “how to live”:
“Sometimes we get caught up in our world on the extras of everything — 'Ah, the Mercedes is not the right color!' And then you see this girl over here. 'I just want to live. I want to dance. I want to love.' She brings you back down to what life is."
Dixon is an ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GDSF), and as Foxx said, she’s usually the life of the party. The bubbly beauty proved her brother right too, as can be seen from a behind-the-scenes video where both siblings indulged in a dance-off.
A dance-off to beat all! LOVE this behind-the-scenes video of @iamjamiefoxx & sister DeOndra Dixon, Ambassador for @GDSFoundation. More @TODAYshow at 8 and #Dateline tonight 10p pic.twitter.com/S7BUYnXnYK— Kate Snow (@tvkatesnow) August 31, 2018
Foxx said has been able to live with Down Syndrome successfully mostly because of the way she’s treated by their family. The “Dreamgirls” star also elaborated on their mother’s role:
“With DeOndra, we let her jump in the water and swim a little bit, so to speak. …I attribute a lot of that to my mother. She was the one who was making sure DeOndra went to school and got to be involved in all the activities. She always said, 'Get out there and do your thing! Go to school, play, have fun- there's nothing different about you!'"
Thankfully, the feeling is mutual, because Dixon admitted she feels “down and sad” when her brother is not around.
Asked what he hopes for his sister’s future, Foxx replied quickly:
“That she can live her life with no boundaries, like she’s living it now. There’s nothing she can’t do.”