Robin Gibb opens up about illness: 'It's almost gone and I feel fantastic'
Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees says he feels "fantastic" after being treated for a growth in his colon, following reports that said he was battling cancer.
The 62-year-old British singer had kept mum about the state of his health for most of last year, even after he appeared in public and on television looking gaunt. In October 2011, a message posted on his website said he was hospitalized for four days to undergo treatment for inflammation of the colon.
"I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon," Gibb told BBC Radio 2 in an interview that aired on February 3. "It was removed. And I've been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words 'the results have been spectacular.'"
"And they said, 'What are you doing that we don't know about?'" he added. "And I said, 'I'm not doing anything.' And in fact, I haven't taken a single tablet."
The singer did not say whether or not the growth was cancerous and also made no mention of chemotherapy or other treatments.
"The prognosis is that it's almost gone and I feel fantastic and really, from now on, it's just what they could describe as a 'mopping-up' operation," Gibb said. "I'm very active and my sense of well-being is good." The singer, who has always been trim, is now working on gaining back the weight he lost as a result of his illness.
"I love food. I love eating," he told BBC Radio 2. "Always been skinny. It's hard for me to put on weight." He said his appetite is "fantastic" and that "the plumbing is all in perfect, working order. "
Gibb also underwent surgery in 2010 for a blocked intestine. His twin brother Maurice, the third member of the Bee Gees, died in 2003 at age 53 in Miami. He had suffered a cardiac arrest before an emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage.
The Bee Gees, a Grammy-winning pop and disco trio known for their falsetto sound, was formed in the late 1950s and was made up of the two brothers and their older brother, Barry. The group was best known for 1970s hits such as "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "More Than a Woman," all of which were featured on the soundtrack of the 1977 dance film "Saturday Night Fever."
After the death of their brother Maurice, the two singers continued to record and perform on their own and also sang together on the ABC show "Dancing With The Stars" in 2009. The two performed the hit Bee Gees song "You Should Be Dancing."
Gibb recently collaborated with his son RJ for his first classical album, "The Titanic Requiem." The record commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deadly ship disaster and due for release on March 19.
The singer is set to return to the stage for a concert on February 19 at the London Palladium, where a stage musical of "Saturday Night Fever" ran between 1998 and 2000 and featured "Coyote Ugly" actor Adam Garcia.
Gibb told BBC Radio 2 that he and his brother Barry are also working on another stage show.
"It's to do with a lot of very big people in Hollywood and the deal is to be wrapped up in the next few days," he said. "Me and Barry are on the phone all the time talking about it and also other things, you know, about new albums, stuff like that."
He also joked to BBC Radio 2 that The Bee Gees "nearly ended last night" when a television fell on him.
"It's a 40-inch television," Gibb said. "I was eating my dinner over the bed and suddenly everything went black and my face was in my dinner. But there was no pain. Right on top of me. Just one of life's little tragedies."