In a new radio interview, Morrissey claims that he has been “cautioned” to retire from music.
The former Smiths frontman has been plagued by health troubles in recent months, the latest of which was double pneumonia, which led him to cancel a series of shows. He also suffered a bleeding ulcer in January. Speaking to Mexican radio station Reactor 105.7 [via NME], Morrissey explained that he “has been cautioned to [retire], but it’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained in me.”
“I had a very bad time”, Morrissey continued. “I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn’t work… I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline… I had lost so much blood I had become anaemic, but I’m still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now.”
“It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me, but everything just attacked me at once. The double pneumonia – everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn’t cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold.”
At least Moz hasn’t lost his sense of humour amongst all the trauama. In other Smiths news, a demo from 1983 was unearthed earlier this week titled The Pablo Cuckoo Tape, but has since been pulled from YouTube.