Feb 04, 2019
By Christine Ross
Linda Ronstadt is opening up about losing her voice and living with Parkinson’s. In a candid interview, the 72-year-old singer revealed that her health has deteriorated to the point that she can’t even sing in the shower.
Ronstadt says she can sing in her brain, but it’s not the same as doing it physically. She performed her last show in 2009, four years before her Parkinson’s diagnosis. She noticed in 2000 her voice would freeze up, but people told her she was overreacting because she’s a perfectionist. Ronstadt finally decided to retire because she felt like she was yelling instead of singing, and it wasn’t fun anymore. Ronstadt says she can sing in her brain, but that’s not the same as doing it physically.