Michael: I was just like Bieber

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox has had to explain to his kids that he was as famous as Justin Bieber and One Direction in his prime.

The Back to the Future actor helped make the original movie the highest grossing film of 1985 in America, and put him on the map as an international movie star.

But his kids, Sam 24, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler 18, and 11-year-old Esmé, have questioned his pin-up credentials.

“It’s funny, every now and then my kids will talk about One Direction or Justin Bieber, and I say, ‘That was me!’ They have a hard time believing it,” he laughed to Redbook magazine.

The 52-year-old actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 but didn’t go public with his illness until 1998.

While filming the fourth season of his hit TV series Spin City he announced to cast and crew his retirement from the show citing that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“I am an incurable optimist. It drives people nuts. That came through my experience with Parkinson’s. It just made me enjoy life much more. People always say, ‘Surely it must suck’.

“And it sucks sometimes, but other things suck too. It’s silly to me that people perceive struggles that we face as weaknesses. Our challenges make us stronger,” he said defiantly.

Michael has most recently starred in a new sitcom, The Michael J. Fox show, which incorporates his real life Parkinson’s into the plot.

Rumors have surfaced that Michael has been in touch with his former Spin City co-star Heather Locklear in a bid to help the ratings of his new show.

“Michael has reached out to Heather about coming on The Michael J. Fox Show. He’s totally driven to make the show a success and is willing to monkey with the format to do it,” a production insider revealed to Radar.

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