Patrick Stewart may have made headlines this week for eating a slice of pizza, but last weekend in Houston, he shared a life-changing moment with a fan.
A woman named Heather Skye attended the actor's panel at Comicpalooza with the purpose of thanking him for a speech he made about domestic violence toward women.
"I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn't know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it, I finally was able to correctly call it abuse," she wrote in a Tumblr post. "I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me."
After she expressed her gratitude, Skye asked the thespian what, besides his acting career, he was most proud of.
"Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn't protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive households," Skye explained (you'll tear up while watching his moving answer here). "[He] learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father's name, he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD."
We'll just let her tell the rest of it …
"They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me, 'My dear, are you OK?' I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman's fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is, that it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women."
With a nudge from the moderator, Stewart gave Skye a hug: "He told me, 'You never have to go through that again, you're safe now.' I couldn't stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. ... He told me to take care. And I will."
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