Linda Ronstadt was one of the biggest and most beloved performers of the 1970s. Throughout her career, she was awarded 10 singles on Billboard’s top 10, including her biggest hits, “You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou,” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.” During her five decades in the music industry, she has also earned a total of 11 Grammys.
Ronstadt retired from performing back in 2011 after she was diagnosed with a progressive disease, supranuclear palsy. While she gracefully bowed out of the spotlight, a part of her wishes she was able to do it once again.
In a recent interview with Closer, she opened up about not being able to perform anymore.
“I can’t play the guitar or piano, and I can’t sing at all,” she lamented. “I miss it and I miss knitting. I can’t do that either. I’m just lucky I can still read.”
Even though she’s unable to perform, Ronstadt is still very involved with the Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy in California, which teaches music and art to underserved children.
When asked about her current situation in life she simply replied,
“It’s fairly tranquil. I have a lot of support and a lot of family and friends, so I am content. YouTube has endless operatic performances, and I love opera. I also love ballet. I’m looking forward to the day when we can gather in a theater and see something great again.”