Jamie Foxx’s paralyzed cousin has spoken for the first time of his bitter disappointment after desperate attempts to reach the star since his near-death crash resulted in radio silence, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal. Jeffrey Todd Gilmore Jr - known as JJ - was catapulted out of a car window and thrown onto a Texas freeway back in December 2016. His ex-girlfriend and three children escaped the wreckage, but he spent months in hospital with a spinal injury. He has now returned home and is living in poverty at his grandmother’s house, while family rally around the 23 year old to try and raise $5,000 for his medical bills and a full-time nurse. Speaking for the first time from the one-bedroomed home in Dallas, where he sleeps in the living room, the father-of-three said: “I have a spinal injury and as a result I’m quadriplegic." Click through for more on the heart-wrenching story.
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“My ex-girlfriend grabbed the steering wheel, and I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, it was an accident," he told Radar exclusively. “This has changed my life and doctor’s have said I will probably never recover. I don’t want to believe it, but if that’s what they say then it must be true."
Although they're cut from the same cloth, JJ insists Jamie's lifestyle is not for him. “I went to see Jamie a couple of times in Los Angeles, and I saw him in the July before my accident, it’s a fast life, it’s great but it’s not for me. I worked for T Mobile full time here, I was providing for my family, now I’ll probably never work again."
JJ claimed his repeated attempts to reach his multi-millionaire cousin failed miserably. “I reached out to Jamie a bunch of times, there was no response. Money is no issue for him, I don’t know what to think."
As Jamie galavants around Tinseltown, JJ is stuck sitting at home struggling from his near-fatal crash. “I only really leave the house to go to my doctor’s appointments and see my children, it’s fair to say it’s been bumpy.” His grandmother Veronica Fannin, and mother Nene Bradford, say their lives have been turned upside down, and they are doing everything they can for him, working long hours and having a wheelchair donated.
His mother and grandmother too are far from pleased by Jamie's behavior. "They are disgusted at seeing father-of-two Jamie, believed to be worth an estimated $100million, show off his flash lifestyle with new girlfriend Katie Holmes, regularly driving his garish gold-wrapped Bugatti Veyron around Malibu and spraying champagne at parties."
“I don’t want to say too much,” Nene said. “But I see Jamie is the news, he’s painted as a family man, that’s what they think.”
JJ’s ex-girlfriend is now mostly caring for their children, ages 6, 4, and 2, and his family set up a Go Fund Me account to take in donations, along with getting help from his local church.
Writing on the donation page, Nene previously explained the severity of the situation and pleaded for help from strangers in an open letter. It reads: “By the grace and mercy of God my son is beginning to talk with a voice box and breathing on his own, but some added pressure on his diaphragm sometimes makes breathing difficult. I as a mother can't leave the side of my only son nor neglect being able to provide for my seven and 12-year-old daughters. JJ also has babies that need their father's support. This is very hard for me being a single mother and sole provider for my children and grandbabies."
“Today, I am reaching out to every kind person capable of helping my son and I. We would greatly appreciate any charity you would like to share with us. I ask you also keep us in your prayers and give freely from the heart."
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