The singer is concerned about whether her lungs will recover (Credits: AFP via Getty Images)
Marianne Faithfull has said the after-effects of Covid-19 mean she may never sing again.
The 74-year-old musician spent three weeks in a London hospital last April being treated for coronavirus symptoms.
Speaking to the Guardian, Faithfull said her lungs have still not recovered and she continues to suffer from short-term memory loss and fatigue.
The As Tears Go By singer said she would need a ‘miracle’ if she was to regain her singing voice, and is currently unable to sing.
Faithfull said: ‘I may not be able to sing ever again. Maybe that’s over. I would be incredibly upset if that was the case, but, on the other hand, I am 74.
‘I don’t feel cursed and I don’t feel invincible. I just feel f***ing human. But what I do believe in, which gives me hope, I do believe in miracles.’
The star said that an NHS doctor told her that she didn’t think her lungs would ever recover, but she remains hopeful.
The music legend was hospitalised for three weeks (Picture: David Redfern/Redferns)
Addressing her persisting symptoms, Faithfull said that she is mainly struggling with ‘ghastly’ short-term memory loss, saying: ‘You wouldn’t believe how awful it is.’
She is also suffering side-effects with fatigue, and told the publication: ‘I have to have oxygen and all that stuff. The side-effects are so strange. Some people come back from it but they can’t walk or speak. Awful.’
Faithfull was hospitalised in April after testing positive for Covid-19, with management saying that she was ‘stable and responding to treatment’.
However, the star was considered high risk due to her age and underlying health issues, including emphysema and prior battles with breast cancer, hepatitis C, bulimia and heroin addiction, and developed pneumonia.
Thankfully, Faithfull was discharged after 22 days, with a statement reading: ‘We are really happy to say that Marianne has been discharged from hospital today, 22 days after being admitted suffering from the symptoms of Covid-19. She will continue to recuperate in London.
‘Marianne thanks you all for your kind messages of concern which have meant a great deal through what is a such a difficult time for so many.
‘She is also very grateful to all the NHS staff who cared for her at the hospital and, without doubt, saved her life.’
Amazingly, Faithfull went on to complete her 21st solo album She Walks In Beauty, which she had been working on when she was hospitalised.
The album is set for release this April.