Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 for his role in the Bee Gees, among the iconic group’s many Grammy Awards, the 62 year old singer/songwriter has been suffering from ill health since 2010.
He now speaks out for the first time about his condition to put a stop to rumours that have circulated which have suggested that he’s close to death.
“The fact is, I’ve never spoken to anybody about my condition,” he recently told BBC Radio 2.
“A lot of [claims] go over the top to the point where they’re telling me things I didn’t even know about myself… It’s all simple. I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon. It was removed. And I’ve been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words ‘the results have been spectacular.’”
“I don’t know how I could feel any better,” said. “I’m active, my appetite’s fantastic, the plumbing is all in perfect working order. If I had a choice about how I’d like to feel for the rest of my life, this would be it … Really from now on it’s just what they could describe as a mopping-up operation.”
However, Gibb is in no rush to relax or slow down, as he is soon due to release a classical album by the name of Titanic Requiem, composed and recorded with the aid of his son, RJ. The album will debut on April 10th, commemorating exactly 100 years since the Titanic ship set sail from Southampton.