Tommy: Ready to Love had some significant ups and downs in season one, but none was more concerning than the tragic news of Alex’s health at the end of the season. Tommy: Right off the top I just want to address the fact that one of our most loved singles isn’t here with us tonight. Some of you might be aware that over the Thanksgiving holiday, Alex contracted a very rare flu virus which spread to his brain leaving him currently hospitalized. Tommy: Now, I know you all have been wondering what’s been happening with his recovery. Thankfully we can give you some answers because he’s here with me today. My man, Alex. Alexx: Hey. Tommy: How you doing bro? Alexx: Man. Tommy: Woo. Alexx: Good man. Tommy: It’s been a whirlwind hasn’t it? Alexx: Yeah it definitely has, man. It really has man. Tommy: Everybody everywhere I go, asking about you. They’re praying for you. And we never gave up on you brother. Alexx: Man I appreciate that I really, really do. I really do I just want to thank you especially and the network, Will Packer, Oprah. Just to have the support, the friendship, the love, the care, behind the tragic thing that happened to me. Tommy: Take me from that, take me from day one of what happened. Alexx: I was headed to work, you know I’m a truck driver. So I was headed to my truck. And just ended up regurgitating, you know what I’m saying. Ended up throwing up for no obscene reason. Well after that I called my sister and I remember nothing after that. Two months in the, two and a half months later I woke up in the hospital. Like what happened? And they was like, you died twice man. You were almost out of here man. You almost checked out. Tommy: Two and half months. Alexx: Two and a half months man. Tommy: What did they diagnose this as? Alexx: Influenza B, but it was a lot stronger than Influenza B. It went and hid in the brain stem. Tommy: The flu did. Alexx: Yes, it hid in the brainstem of my head and grew stronger. As it grew stronger it started breaking things down. Nerves and you know everything, it’s just everything, you know what I’m saying. That’s what shut my body down. So when I woke up I was like… Tommy: Moving up. Alexx: Right. It was ridiculous. Tommy: And that was two and a half months later. Alexx: Two and half months later. Tommy: How difficult has the recovery been? Alexx: It’s getting better. It’s definitely difficult. You know what I’m saying, you know coming from being bedridden and not being able to really move or talk or go to the bathroom. Do anything that you would normally do, you know what I’m saying, independently. Tommy: You also had to learn how to walk all over again. Alexx: Yes man, the whole nine. But hey man, I mean I’m blessed man. I’m here Tommy. I’m here man. Tommy: Have you felt the love that have come from the whole Ready to Love fans? Alexx: Oh my god man, have I. I mean it was so, just endearing just knowing that people had so much love. You know what I’m saying, just the people you see every day, you come in contact with. I mean just people I don’t even know. You know what I’m saying, they just have so much love and support for me. And I will never, ever forget that. Tommy: Your determination, I applaud you on it brother. Alexx: Thank you. Tommy: And just determined to live. Alexx: Yes man. Tommy: You know what I mean? Alexx: Yes. Tommy: And I think you got your priorities together, you know why you here. You know it was God. I’m proud of you, we going to continue to pray for you and pray that you go back and get to 100% if not even 110. Alexx: Yes sir. Tommy: Next time I see you you’re going to shake my hand and hurt my hand. Alexx: No you already know that. Hello again brother. Tommy: Oh man. Alexx: Yes sir. Tommy: Love you man. Alexx: Thank you man. Tommy: Still got a little grip. Alexx: Hey man a little bit, a little bit you know what I’m saying. Tommy: It’s coming. Alexx: It’s coming, hell yeah. Know what I’m saying, my man.