Chris Hemsworth’s taking increased risk of Alzheimer’s in stride — and taking a break from the public eye. The Australian star has been the subject of a number of tabloid reports — including one in the New York Post last week accusing him of “raping his sister” — and is currently filming Thor: Ragnarok in the U.K. But despite his growing notoriety, Hemsworth is still keeping a low profile. It’s been a busy few months for the “Avengers” star, who is currently shooting the third Avengers movie, and he told The Hollywood Reporter via email that he’s had to “take a step back.”
“I’ve gone to Iceland and I’ve been in Europe, working on Thor: Ragnarok,” Hemsworth wrote. “The reality is that as both a father and a movie star, I’ve had to take a step back for a bit.”
“I have a two year old son and it’s so hard for me to go into the public eye and share my life in order to share a good story,” he added. “I’ve tried to do that in the past and I’m afraid that is where it will always end up for me.”
“I have had to step back and take some time to get my mind and my body right,” Hemsworth said.
Last October, Hemsworth was the star of a YouTube video in which he shared his concerns about Alzheimer’s, telling fans that he does not want to be alone in having dementia.
“My mother has dementia and she does not speak, she can’t. I am in pain and I am so afraid that one day I will do the same,” he said in the video, which has since been viewed over 1.2 billion times. “I try to tell myself that life changes so quickly, and then I’m sitting here, a father, a son, a husband — suddenly, it’s all taken away from me.”
But after he posted the video, several news sites started speculating about Hemsworth’s personal life. The same New York Post article that recently suggested that Hemsworth “rap[