‘It threw me for a moment’: Amarillo singer Tony Christie, 79, on fears he won’t be able to work again after heartbreaking dementia diagnosis
Tony Christie has spoken out about his heartbreaking dementia diagnosis, admitting: ‘It threw me for a moment.’
The singer, 79, recently informed his wife Sue, 73, he had been struggling to remember people’s names and other bits of information and she encouraged him to get it checked.
And he has now said he fears the day he may no longer be able to perform, telling the Mirror: ‘I’m used to working, it’s daunting when I don’t work, and I love the music – and that is good for what I have got, it’s medication.
Fears: Tony Christie, 79, has spoken out about his heartbreaking dementia diagnosis, admitting: ‘It threw me for a moment’
‘Whatever this is, it is, and we will deal with it. I was a little bit down but I thought, “I can still work, it’s not affecting my singing, my voice, my show.”
‘As long as I can get on that stage and do what I was born to do.’
Tony previously revealed he was concerned he was developing dementia after noticing his memory has been getting worse back in 2019.
The (Is This The Way To) Amarillo star said that despite performing the same songs for 50 years he now needs the lyrics on an autocue.
For now, Tony is trying not to ‘dwell’ on the diagnosis and he is about to travel to Nashville, Tennessee to record new music.