- Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife, bioethicist Christine Grady, made their Clubhouse debut Tuesday.
- They talked about his nomination for People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and how Grady supported him as he led the US’ coronavirus response.
- Grady said she reminded Fauci to get enough rest and food and threw him a surprise birthday party.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci made his first-ever appearance on audio platform Clubhouse this Tuesday, and his wife Christine Grady joined him.
During the event, which was part of CNN’s ‘Life Itself’ series, host Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked Fauci about his career, plans for post-pandemic life, and his coveted nomination for People’s Sexiest Man Alive.
“Did your family view you differently after your ‘sexiest man’ nomination?” Gupta asked Fauci, to which the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases replied, “Definitely not.”
Grady, a bioethicist and Fauci’s wife of 36 years, chimed in too.
“I would say no,” Grady told Gupta. “I’ve always thought of him as sexy, but no more after that nomination.”
Fauci and Grady first met at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. where they were both working. Grady was a nurse at the time and Fauci was an attending physician at NIH, Vogue previously reported.
They met at a patient’s bed, where Grady translated the sick man’s Portuguese for Fauci.
In a 2020 NPR interview, Fauci said that moment was “love at first sight…she was intelligent, beautiful, spoke multiple languages, and she had a very wonderful bedside manner. I immediately said, ‘I have to go out with her.'”
Since the coronavirus pandemic, Grady has taken on the role of Fauci’s “guardian,” as Gupta put it.
“I’ve felt like from the very beginning, you know, January of 2020, watching this tsunami come, that I needed to be at least partially responsible for making sure that Tony slept, and ate sometimes, and sat down sometimes, things like that,” Grady said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife Christine Grady at the White House for a state dinner on October 18, 2016.
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She said that without her reminders, she believes Fauci would have neglected his health over the past two years while he headed the United States’ coronavirus response task force.
Grady also brought small moments of joy to Fauci’s life during the pandemic.
“She’s the only person who consistently surprises me with surprise parties,” Fauci told Gupta.
“For my birthday, when I absolutely thought, ‘Well she’s not going to pull it off this year,’ and she does it!”
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