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Smokey Robinson Talks Near-Fatal Battle with COVID-19

Smokey Robinson Talks Near-Fatal Battle with COVID-19

Smokey Robinson is opening up about overcoming COVID-19.

In a new interview with ET about his new Lifetime movie Miracle in Motor City, the 81-year-old singer discussed being hospitalized with the coronavirus last year, as well as his fears he wouldn’t be able to sing again.

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” I am very happy to share [my story] because I hope it helps someone,” Smokey said of his COVID-19 experience. “COVID just comes on and the people ask me today, who knew that I had it… where did you get it, how did you get it — I don’t know. I have no idea how I got it. All I know is I looked up and I had it.”

“It was a horrible horrible thing and while I was going through it I wasn’t really thinking about ‘Hey man, perhaps you will never get out of this hospital alive,’” he continued. “I wasn’t thinking like that. I was just thinking about [how] I got to get myself together.”

The “Being With You” performer added that it was a very frightening experience and encouraged people to follow the guidelines given by the government.

“Protect yourself and those that you love because it is a real killer and it’s a horrible thing to have to go through,” he said. “Some people go through it mildly but you are talking to someone who went through it severely. So when you go through it like that it’s a really rough health thing to overcome… [if it wasn't] for the grace of God, I wouldn’t be here talking to you guys and I’m sure of that.”

Miracle in Motor City is set to air on Nov. 28 on Lifetime.

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