Fans of Orange is the New Black and Pitch Perfect 3 got a bit of shock on Thursday when androgynous star Ruby Rose took to Twitter to post a pic of herself in a wheelchair.
The Australian model, DJ, and actress reassured fans that she's okay:
So..For the past few years (decade) I’ve been dealing with a spine issue. I am now recovering from a back procedure, but I do need to stay active, so before I get seen with my cane and wheel chair in public, I’d rather put it out there that I’m fine and going to be fine. pic.twitter.com/7nVw5fIk3k— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 18, 2018
Rose gave no further details as to the nature and extent of her spinal injuries or exactly what procedure she had.
Fans were quick to send messages of support:
Some Twitter users could relate:
I wish you a speedy recovery. I know how it feels to have a spine procedure. I was hit by a car and my spine was shattered so I had to have a cadaver vertebrae and spinal fusion done. Now I have rods and screws holding me together. Stay strong, Ruby!— Lexi Lowe (@roadkilllowe) January 19, 2018
One was glad to see her speaking about her disability, helping to lessen the stigma for others:
Hey, as one of many disabled folks who sometimes wears braces or needs other assistive devices, thanks for being open about this. It means a lot to have people see that assistive devices give folks autonomy and freedom to go about their day!— Jennifer Kretchmer (@dreamwisp) January 18, 2018
Rose felt comfortable enough to share another bit of health-related news and fans cheered along with her:
On the plus side guess who had to quit smoking !!!!! YAY!!!! Im done ! I’m finally done.. that filthy, smelly, dirty, slowly killing you while you pay for it to suffocate you, is finally out of my life. I quit yesterday. And for my back ( and Mum ) I’ll never start again. 🚭🚭🚭— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 19, 2018
I wish you a speedy recovery. Well done on quitting; I'm currently at 105 days smoke free!!— Katnip (@KatVonHall) January 19, 2018
We wish Ruby Rose a speedy recovery!