The star couple met on the sets of Family Ties in 1985, but theirs was not a 'love at first sight' scenario. It took them a few years to find each other, but when you've met your soulmate, nothing can stop you from going to them.
Michael J Fox and wife Tracy Pollan have one of the strongest bonds in Hollywood. They have been married for more than three decades and they are still madly in love with each other. The two of them took their vows seriously when they said, "in sickness and in health", which has been tested time and again, ever since Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's.
They met on the sets of Family Ties in 1985, but theirs was not a 'love at first sight' scenario. This was probably because, back then, the two of them were seeing other people. It took them a few years to find each other, but when you've met your soulmate, nothing can stop you from going to them.
“He was very cocky,” she said, according to Express UK. “He was funny, but he was cocky.” Fox, though, thought of her as cool. "I always thought [Tracy] was cool," Fox said years later, according to EOnline, "but it was like a couple of married people who worked together and liked each other."
Fox already had his fair share of popularity by then, thanks to the Back to the Future film, which later became a series all starring Michael as Marty McFly.
"Before Tracy and I started seeing each other, I was this boy prince of Hollywood," Fox told Oprah Winfrey for O Magazine in 2002. When they say opposites attract, they really mean it, because that's what happened to Fox and Pollan, too. Fox felt like Tracy was someone who'd have a hard time fitting into the Hollywood scene. "She's so unassuming and natural that it is hard for her to fit in," he said, according to EOnline.
Soon enough, they started dating, and within two years, they knew they'd met their perfect match. So, they decided to take the plunge, and on July 16, 1988, they tied the knot. Life was not always a smooth journey for them, but never once did they let it get to them.
They always took the hardest of decisions together and always came out stronger. They welcomed their first child, Sam Michael Fox, a year later.
"Tracy had a really good pregnancy, and it was a good delivery. Thank God, she was healthy and Sam was healthy," Fox told People in December 1989. But, life is known to give you a hard time, especially when you're enjoying it the most.
Two years later, in 1991, at the age of 29, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He did not let a soul know about the diagnosis and suffered in private, with only his wife bearing witness to his struggles.
"I thought I'd hurt my shoulder doing some stunt because I had a twitch in my pinkie," Fox said on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2015. "And the doctor said, 'You have Parkinson's disease.' He said, 'The good news is that you have 10 years of work left.'" That's when he started to realized that he'd had to start taking his life "one day at a time." But, he also had to ensure he worked enough to secure his family's future.
"The reason I wasn't telling was that I wondered if people would still laugh if they knew I was sick," Fox told Oprah Winfrey. "I finally thought, let me not worry about that. What other people think is none of my business. I just have to have faith in the audience. If it's funny, they'll laugh."
Pollan has also been very honest about their relationship and acknowledged the good and the bad. "A lot of my adjustment has been dictated by Michael's point of view," she told Oprah back in 2002.
"He's so relaxed [now] and so accepting of where he is, and that makes it easier for me, the kids, and everyone around him," she added. "When I was first diagnosed, my line to Tracy was 'It's going to be okay'—but I was really freaking out," Fox told Winfrey. "I had no idea what Parkinson's was, and I was in denial. ...When the doctor first told me I had Parkinson's, I wanted to kill him. I thought, 'What a s--ty thing to say to somebody!"
People say you get used to just about anything, and the couple went through a tough phase, but they're in a good place now. Their kids have grown up and are on their way to finding their own paths. Fox and Pollan have now shifted their attention towards raising awareness about Parkinson's.
"There are so many times when you have arguments when you have things come up, and it really doesn't have anything to do with what he did, or said – it's how I am projecting that onto myself," she said, according to Inside Weddings.
"A lot of times he'll just say to me, 'You know who I am, would I ever say anything to try to hurt your feelings? Just give me the benefit of the doubt.'" And, she does do that. "You just have [to have] the perspective that you're behind each other's back – and it helps if you can make each other laugh," she said. Their sense of humor and commitment is what makes them a great couple, and fans are always ready to welcome Fox on-screen with arms wide open!