While everyone was going through a pandemic in 2020, Judas Priest’s frontman was also battling cancer. Rob Halford recently added a chapter to his 2020 memoir ‘Confess,’ and revealed some details about his experience with the disease.
Halford was diagnosed with prostate cancer in Spring 2020, around the time COVID started spreading. In an interview with Heavy Consequence, the singer stated that he was glad it all happened during the lockdown and feels happy since he survived and continues performing with the band.
Here is what he stated about his gratitude:
“I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through, and that’s in remission now, thank God. That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as a time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most.”
Unfortunately, in his memoir, the singer revealed that he had to go through treatment again earlier this year. He wrote about his feelings and how he felt shocked and afraid when he first heard about them. Halford was still relieved since he found out early enough and could be treated.
The singer also recalled feeling angry and upset about his condition. However, the 70-year-old later came across a commercial of a hospital which brought him back to reality. He stated that he was ashamed of himself for being angry about his situation and called himself ‘selfish.’
Halford described his initial feelings by writing:
“I felt a combination of shock, horror, and oddly, relief. At least now I know! ‘Am I going to die?’ It was all I could think of. I know blokes who’ve died of prostate cancer. ‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,’ said Dr. Ali.
It’s been a draining year, I can’t deny it, but I’m delighted to have come through it.”
Here is how he described his revelation:
“I was getting proper mardy and wallowing in my anger. A commercial showed kids with cancer. Some only babies. They were lying there, with tubes coming out of them, fighting for their lives. They didn’t know what was going on. It made me feel totally ashamed of myself; ‘Rob, how dare you be so selfish?’ And from that second, I change my entire mental attitude towards my disease.”
Halford went through a lot in the past year. Yet, he recovered fully in June and is now healthy and happy. In addition to his dark journey with cancer, Rob also underwent surgery because of a tumor in his appendix.