Robin Gibb has opened up about his ‘spectacular’ recovery from cancer, insisting he feels ‘fantastic’.
There had been reports that the 62-year-old Bee Gees singer, who has been behind dozens of chart hits, had been close to death after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
He said he feels better than he has for a decade.
He said: ‘The prognosis is that it’s almost gone and I feel fantastic and really from now on it’s just what they could describe as a “mopping-up” operation.
‘I am very active and my sense of well-being is good.’
Gibb also suggested that reports about his health had been conjecture, adding: ‘I mean the fact is, I’ve never spoken to anybody about my condition or the condition that I was in and a lot of them go over the top to the point where they’re telling me things that I didn’t even know about myself.’
The singer has had repeated health problems due to a twisted bowel, a condition that led to the death of his twin brother Maurice nine years ago, at the age of 53.
But after several periods of ill health, he was also found to be suffering colon cancer.
And the singer said his bounce-back had amazed medical staff who have been treating him.
He said: ‘Well, it’s all simple. I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon. It was removed. And I’ve been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words “the results have been spectacular”.
‘And they said “What are you doing that we don’t know about?”, and I said I’m not doing anything and in fact I haven’t taken a single tablet.
‘I feel better than I did ten years ago. I’m active, my appetite’s fantastic, the plumbing is all in perfect working order.’
He’s also started putting on weight, adding: ‘I love food, I love eating.’
Gibb also said that his slender appearance is nothing new, adding: ‘I’ve always been thin.’
‘If you go back to when we first started I’ve always been skinny. It’s hard for me to put on weight.’
Gibb is soon to release a classical concept album about the sinking of the Titanic, to mark the centenary of the disaster.
And he is aiming to perform at the symphonic work’s premiere in London on April 10.
He said: ‘If I had a choice about how I’d like to feel for the rest of my life, this would be it. If I wanted to tick all the right boxes about sense of well-being, it would be now.
‘This is the way I’d like to feel. I don’t know how I could feel any better.’
by Milo Johnson