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Heartbreaking reason why Morgan Freeman was wearing glove on left hand at last year's Oscars

Heartbreaking reason why Morgan Freeman was wearing glove on left hand at last year's Oscars

It's not the first time The Dark Knight actor has been spotted wearing one glove either

Warning: This article contains details which some readers may find distressing.

Morgan Freeman wore a glove on one hand to the Oscars last year and there's a specific reason why.

The A Good Person actor attended the 95th Academy awards and appeared on stage alongside Barbie star Margot Robbie.

However, some viewers were distracted from the pair's celebration of 2023 marking the 100th year of Warner Bros. Studios, instead taking to social media to question why Freeman was wearing only one glove.

And this isn't the first time the 86-year-old has been spotted in public with a glove on his left hand either.

At the 2022 Qatar World Cup Opening Ceremony, Freeman took to the stage with Qatari YouTube star Ghanim Al-Muftah to help kick off the event and was seen wearing a similar compression glove on his hand.

But why has the actor needed to wear such an item?

Morgan Freeman has been seen in public on a few occasions wearing a glove.
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Well, in 2008, the actor was involved in a major car accident which took place in Mississippi.

At the time, Freeman had driving late at night when his car left the road, flipping several times before ending up in a ditch not far from his then-home.

A local journalist also told the Guardian that paramedics had to use hydraulic cutters to free him from the vehicle, with the actor still conscious and making jokes with rescue workers throughout his ordeal.

Though emergency responders tried to treat Freeman at the scene, the Gone Baby Gone actor’s injuries were too great and he had to be flown over 100 miles away to hospital in Memphis.

The actor was in a horrific accident that left him in surgery for four hours.
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Upon arriving it was discovered that the then-71-year old had suffered from a multiple broken bones and spent over four hours in surgery having his arm reset.

Although he would be able to act again, Freeman was left with permanent nerve damage and unbearable shoulder pain.

Unable to move his left hand, the actor's limb began to swell and it was this that led him to wear the compression glove to ease his symptoms.

Freeman has worn the compression glove since 2008.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Speaking about his injury in 2010 to People magazine, Freeman revealed that it has never gotten any better

He said: “If you don’t move your hand, it will swell up. Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?”

The star also told Esquire a few years later that his fibromyalgia had also been impacted by the car with the shoulder pain shooting ‘up and down’ his arm.

Featured Image Credit: Getty Images/ Kevin Winter

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV, Health, Oscars, Social Media