Marianne Faithfull managed to escape the clutch of death following contracting COVID-19 in 2020, but the singer has revealed that her vocal cords weren’t so lucky and she has now lost her enigmatic singing voice.
Considering Faithfull’s age at the time, she was 73, the singer made a remarkable recovery from the illness. To put it bluntly, Faithfull was not expected to survive but, after 22 days in the hospital, she returned to her home. However, now things feel a little bleaker after she revealed the extent of the damage caused.
“I may not be able to sing ever again,” the famed sixties singer told The Guardian. “Maybe that’s over. I would be incredibly upset if that was the case, but, on the other hand, I am 74. I don’t feel cursed and I don’t feel invincible. I just feel fucking human.”
The news must have felt like a crushing blow following such a terrible ordeal. But, true to her disposition, Faithfull is clearly choosing not to sit and wallow in her misery and has, instead, shown her optimism.
“The doctor, this really nice National Health doctor, she came to see me and she told me that she didn’t think my lungs would ever recover. Where I finally ended up is: OK, maybe they won’t, but maybe, by a miracle, they will. I don’t know why I believe in miracles; I just do,” she explained.
“Maybe I have to, the journey I’ve been on, the things that I’ve put myself through, that I’ve got through so far and I’m OK.”
Having recently announced a collaborative spoken word album with Warren Ellis, it makes her news that it may be the last studio album she ever records, even more heart-wrenching. We wish her a speedy recovery.