Jeremih is opening up about his battle with COVID-19. During a joint interview with Chance The Rapper on SiriusXM on Tuesday (December 15), the Chicago singer referred to himself as a “living, walking testimony” and revealed he had to learn how to walk again, suffered memory loss and more.
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“I was really down bad for the last month and a half that I was in there,” he explained in regards to his time inside of Chicago’s Northwestern Hospital. “I don’t even remember the day I went in there. That’s how messed up I was.”
The singer’s mother, Gwenda Starling, was initially kept from seeing her son at the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions but was later allowed after Chance intervened. Starling helped her son get a sense of his condition after she showed him photos of him while he was in the ICU.
“I had a tube down my throat for about a week and a half,” he said. “I was really like in a dream, I woke up two times and all I remember seeing is a white light.”
He also developed “multiple inflammatory syndrome,” considered to be a “rare cause and effect” of the disease. “All my organs became inflamed. My heart started beating irregularly, my kidneys went out, my liver started to go bad. Mind you, I didn’t know what was going on at the time. I was out,” he said.
He added, “Once I was removed from ICU after that week and a half I was going through recovery where I had to learn how to walk again, eat, all that stuff. Mind you, I’ve never been to a hospital in my entire life — not for a broken bone, not for nothing. So just to be in there I look at it as a blessing. As crazy as it might sound, I needed to sit down. I needed to take a break.”
The 33-year-old platinum artist understood while he hadn’t taken a break in the last 13 years of his career, whether it be songwriting or performing, he wasn’t going to burn himself out.
“It’s been one long party, I ain’t gon’ lie to you,” he said. A lot of things now I don’t take for granted. Sometimes you have to have a setback for the big payback. Whatever I’ve done before now I’m going to do it to the 10th power because it’s a reason why I’m still here. I got my voice again, learned how to walk again, now I gotta learn how to run and bust a move like [Chris Brown].”
The singer will be staying at his mother’s house for the rest of 2020. He and Chance released their Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama project to streaming services on December 11.
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