Monday 21 August 2017

Jim Carrey delivers emotional speech at charity event: 'I believe that suffering leads to salvation'

Actor Jim Carrey attends the premiere of Showtime's
Actor Jim Carrey attends the premiere of Showtime's "I'm Dying Up Here" at DGA Theater on May 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Cathriona White, left, and Jim Carrey, right

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Jim Carrey spoke of how his suffering has "lead to salvation" as he gave an emotional speech at a charity event on Tuesday night.

The 55-year-old actor has been through a difficult few years which has seen the suicide of his ex-girlfriend, Irish makeup artist Cathriona White in 2015.

As he attended the bash for gang rehabilitation charity Homeboy Industries, Jim also debuted a new clean-shaven look, after having rocked a bushy beard for the past few months.

Speaking to the attendees at the event, Jim explained: "You are heroes to me. I admire you because when you step through these doors and you decide to part of this family, you made a decision to transcend and to leave darkness behind. It takes a champion to make that decision.

Cathriona White, left, and Jim Carrey, right
Cathriona White, left, and Jim Carrey, right

"I’ve had some challenges myself in the last couple of years, myself. Ultimately, I believe that suffering leads to salvation…We have to somehow accept, not deny, the feel of our suffering and feel our losses.

"We decide to either go through the gate of resentment, which leads to vengeance and self harm… or we go through the gate of forgiveness, which leads to grace."

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