Reality TV star Apple Watts was hospitalized in March 2022 following a life-threatening collision while driving in Baker, California. The incident resulted in significant injuries, requiring her to be promptly rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Now, after accusing her sister of misappropriating donation funds intended for her recovery, Apple Watts has recently shared her journey with The Shade Room (TSR). The update sheds light on her current status and the circumstances surrounding her recovery.
Who is Apple Watts?
Apple Watts, aged 38, known by her real name Jontelle Lafaye Watts, is a prominent figure in reality television, modeling, dance, and music. Her rise to stardom occurred following her appearance on season five of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. In addition to her television work, she has also made notable appearances as a dancer in music videos alongside artists such as Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, and Ty Dolla $ign. Reportedly, her net worth ranges from $1 to $2 million, and she is a mother of three children. Born in Alta Loma, California, she shares her origins with her sister, Dominique Flournoy.
What happened to Apple Watts?
On March 24, 2022, it was disclosed that Apple Watts, then 36 years old, was in a severe car accident. Reports indicated that Watts was driving her Mercedes from Baker in Los Angeles to Las Vegas when her vehicle collided with a Ford F250 pickup truck.
The impact caused her car to overturn “multiple times,” and it caught fire after coming to a stop. Watts sustained severe injuries, including a shattered spine, a broken arm, and a fractured skull. She was airlifted to the critical care unit at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where she was listed in critical condition.
How is Apple Watts now?
On August 18, 2023, Watts provided an update on her recovery journey to The Shade Room. During the interview, she mentioned her increasing independence and expressed her goal of being able to go without a walker by the end of the year.
The individual has expressed profuse gratitude to those who have contributed to her fundraising page, citing insufficient health insurance coverage. The donations have been allocated to her thrice-weekly physical therapy sessions. She credited The Shade Room for significantly aiding her cause by raising awareness about her situation, stating, “I am where I’m at because the people been donating.” Additionally, despite being defrauded by her sister, she acknowledged the support provided by “strangers” and individuals with regular jobs.
In September 2022, Watts alleged that her sister had withheld the funds from her GoFundMe page, claiming that she had not received the donations from Flournoy. According to a recent update by TSR, a judge sided with Watts and awarded her $10,000 from the GoFundMe page established by her sister.
Watts recently announced her involvement in two upcoming reality TV projects, “Hustle and Gamble” and “The Heart of Apple,” which are set to debut soon. Additionally, an update on her sister’s condition was provided on 12 April following Watts’ successful neck surgery on 29 March. Previously unresponsive but stable, her sister is now responsive, alert, and making progress in regaining her balance and speech.
Watts’ mother shared an update on Instagram, describing Watts’ slow recovery. She stated, “My baby is still unresponsive but stable. She will undergo surgery on April 15th for her right eye, which does not close all the way. A weight will be placed in the lid to allow her to open and close her eye while addressing nerve issues on that side. Failing to address this could lead to complications or potential vision loss. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.”
Subsequently, Flournoy posted a screenshot of a search for “MRSA medical term,” explaining that this infection is affecting her sister’s lungs and now also present in her right arm. She shared that her sister is receiving antibiotic treatment, which will take some time to clear up, and requested continued prayers for her recovery.
Actress Watts has utilized social media to share her journey of recovery, documenting everything from her physical therapy sessions to emotional reflections on the impact of the accident. Making her comeback to social media in December 2022, she has consistently provided updates on her progress ever since.