Eric Clapton Opens Up About Secret Health Struggle

The famous guitarist just got serious.

In an interview with BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright, Eric Clapton revealed that he's going deaf (via People). He explained he's been struggling with tinnitus, a symptom of hearing loss marked by a ringing in the ear. But, unfortunately, that's not all Clapton has been dealing with lately. Nerve damage has also affected his back and hands, making performances difficult.

Still, the 72-year-old isn't going to let anything keep him from playing music.

"I am still going to work. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July," said Clapton. "The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work. I mean, I am hoping people will come along and see me — me more than I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself that I am still here."

Besides his upcoming show at Hyde Park, Clapton also has a documentary slated for release on Showtime on Feb. 10, 2018. The film, titled Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, follows not only the Clapton's career but also his personal life, including his struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction as well as the tragic loss of his young son.

Commenting on the documentary, Clapton stated, "It's difficult to sit through because it goes on so long about the difficult part of my life." He added, "I think it's important for people to see that there is a happy ending. It's like a redemption concept. If you are going to go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride."

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