Smokey Robinson Says ‘I Looked Back And Knew That I Could’ve Died’ After Battling COVID-19

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson Says ‘I Looked Back And Knew That I Could’ve Died’ After Battling COVID-19

Smoking Robinson is opening up about his battle with COVID-19. 

In a new interview, the 81-years-old singer, is sharing his experience with the deadly virus that took over the US back in 2020, and sent him to the hospital.

Smokey Robinson says he caught COVID-19 back in December and spent 11-days in a Los Angeles hospital. He said,

“I am a COVID survivor. I got it severely and I was hospitalized for 11 days, and four or five of those I do not even remember. It was really touch and go, and a terribly debilitating ailment.”

Robinson explained he was unsure of how he contracted the virus but recalls feeling ‘weird and funny’ right before Christmas. Within 48 hours of moving into their guest house to quarantine away from his wife, Smokey Robinson says things took a turn and he was rushed to the hospital.

Smokey Robinson

He added,

“Fortunately I never had to use the ventilator. I never lost my taste or smell, but it wiped me out. I lost all my energy and could not walk from the bed to the bathroom without being exhausted.”

One thing the ‘Crusin‘ singer did remember is the moment he thought he lost his voice. Fearful he would never sing again he said,

“I could barely even talk. Even when I got home, I was hoarse. I could not try to sing because I was afraid. It was one of the most frightening fights I have ever had.”

Following the scary ordeal, Robinson claims the severity of it all didn’t hit him until he returned home. He said,

“None of this really scared me until after I came home. When I was there trying to get well while weak I never thought about dying. I was thinking, ‘I am going to get well.’ I looked back and knew that I could’ve died, because it was that severe. Then it scared me. It sounds weird, I know, but the severity of my condition didn’t hit me until it was over.”

The singer began rebuilding his strength by walking and eventually daily workouts. The Motown founder is also preparing to return to the stage. On his voice he shared,

“I had to work on my vocal cords and get myself back together. I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life, and it was possible, so I did it,” he said. “I love my job… It’s what keeps me going.”


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Authored by: Ellori Nicole