Robin Gibb, who rocketed to fame as a member of the musical group the Bee Gees, has gone public over concerns his health was in decline. The 62-year-old had in recent months been photographed looking increasingly gaunt, raising speculation from some that he was on the verge of death.
"I mean the fact is, I've never spoken to anybody about my condition or the condition that I was in and a lot of them go over the top to the point where they're telling me things that I didn't even know about myself," he told BBC Radio 2.
"I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon," he revealed. "It was removed. And I've been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words 'the results have been spectacular'."
According to Gibb, doctors were so astounded by how fast he bounced back from cancer, that they assumed he was pursuing alternative therapies. "And they said 'What are you doing that we don't know about?" and I said I'm not doing anything and in fact I haven't taken a single tablet."
"I feel better than I did 10 years ago," he added. "I'm active, my appetite's fantastic, the plumbing is all in perfect working order."
As for his slender appearance, Gibb said that's just par for the course. "I've always been thin. If you go back to when we first started [the Bee Gees] I've always been skinny. It's hard for me to put on weight."
For his latest project, Gibb collaborated with his son, RJ, on a classical album called "The Titanic Requiem" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, it features the RSVP Voices Choir, opera notables such as tenor Mario Frangoulis and British choir girl, Isabel Suckling and a solo by Gibb himself.