What Brought Rosario Dawson And Eric Andre Closer? A Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

September 6, 2017  |  

Earlier this year, around Valentine’s Day to be specific, the Internet learned that Rosario Dawson was dating comedian Eric Andre and pretty much lost it’s sh-t. As culture editor Veronica Wells put it while sharing the news with our readers, “You know Rosario Dawson is considered a sex symbol so people didn’t exactly put her with Andre, a gangly comedian with a misshapen afro. But it is so.”

Rosario Dawson boyfriend Eric Andre

And not only are they still going strong, but according to a story shared by Dawson on her Instagram this week, the pair have actually been an item for quite some time. The 38-year-old actress revealed that a year ago around this exact time, she’d had an emergency surgery for a ruptured cyst on her ovary. She said it was the encouragement of her man that helped her get through it all and that going through that ordeal made her realize how important the prankster was to her, so it was the first time she said “I love you” to him.

She shared this story while speaking on the value of life and how distressing times remind you of “who and what is important.” She also did so while making mention of recent political and social issues, as well as the death of her cousin Vaneza earlier this year. The 26-year-old was found dead in Dawson’s home and died of natural causes:

What a difference a year makes… This weekend marks a year that I had to get emergency surgery to stop internal bleeding from a ruptured cyst on my ovary. It was the first time I told @ericfuckingandre that I loved him (and very much not the last). Thankful for his care and all of the doctors and nurses and staff at the Desert Regional Medical Center. The "privilege" of insurance and access to medical care. Vaneza is Resting In Paradise since May. Only 26 years young on this earth with us. I left Sierra Leone the Saturday before the floods. The community of the "land of smiles", ravaged by colonialism, climate change, Ebola, child soldiers, war, blood diamonds and more coming together to take care of each other yet again. Saving lives and picking up the pieces. I was front and center at the suicide at Burning Man this weekend. The firefighters endangering their own lives to try and save his. Americans standing together in vigil, honoring Heather Heyer's humanitarianism with solidarity against her senseless murder. I wish I had practiced more of what I learned from my near death experience last year but so much is conceptualized as you go back to work and routine. Life has a way of reminding you again and again and again, though, what, and who is important. Of the necessary work to do contemplating, meditating and healing yourself as you look out for others. Dreamers, immigrant families, refugees, #blacklivesmatter, #sayhername, Hurricane Harvey/Irma and terrorist survivors the world round, and more, call for our care, love and focus. It was 115 degrees in the Bay Area. Things are going to keep changing. The universe demanding that we pay attention, educate ourselves, and be activated to advocate and create better circumstances than we were given, for our generation and those to come. I'm so filled with gratitude and humility. Thank you for being the tribe I get to be a part of on this journey. I am at your service with unconditional love, acceptance, humor and light. Thank you.

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So despite what people might think of their relationship with Andre, Dawson is clear on the fact that it is a relationship of true value to her. As she told Stephen Colbert, she realized he was a real one when he cared for her after the surgery when she was, well, in quite the vulnerable and maybe a little bit embarrassing of a state.

“He took care of me in an adult diaper,” she said. “That is love.”

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