Singer talks to CBS Sunday Morning about diagnosis
Music legend Neil Diamond, who announced in 2018 that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, says he’s just coming to terms with the diagnosis in a revealing, emotional interview with Anthony Mason for CBS Sunday Morning airing this Sunday, April 2nd on CBS and Paramount+.
In the wide-ranging interview, Diamond talks with Mason about his career, the current Broadway show based on his life, A Beautiful Noise, stepping back from touring and adjusting to his new life with Parkinson’s. The 82-year-old Diamond also tells Mason he was in denial for the first year or two after being diagnosed, and he wasn’t ready to accept what the doctor told him.
“I’m still doing it. And I don’t like it. But the … this is me; this is what I have to accept. And I’m willing to do it,” Diamond says. “And, OK, so this is the hand that God’s given me, and I have to make the best of it, and so I am. I am.”
Mason asks if there was a moment in this process when Diamond accepted his diagnosis.
“I think this has just been in the last few weeks,” Diamond says.
“Really?” Mason asks.
“But somehow, a calm has moved in, and the hurricane of my life, and things have gotten very quiet, as quiet as this recording studio. And, I like it. I find that I like myself better. I’m easier on people. I’m easier on myself. And the beat goes on, and it will go on long after I’m gone,” Diamond says.
Mason also asks Diamond about the hardest part of watching his life play out on the Broadway stage in A Beautiful Noise, starring Will Swenson as a young Diamond.
“It was all pretty hard. I was a little embarrassed. I was flattered and I was scared,” Diamond says.
“What were you scared of?” Mason asks.
“Being found out is the scariest thing you can hope, because we all have a façade. And the truth be known to all of ‘em. I’m not some big star. I’m just me,” Diamond responds.
CBS Sunday Morning airs Sundays from 9-10:30 am ET/PT on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.
Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond opens up to Anthony Mason about coming to terms with his Parkinson’s diagnosis, his career, and the Broadway show based on his life of @beautifulnoise this “Sunday Morning.” pic.twitter.com/zmi7v5YYrk
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