Staying sturdy. Toby Keith opened up about his battle with abdomen most cancers — and the way he’s optimistic in regards to the future.
“I’m occupied with getting again in preventing form,” Keith, 60, mentioned in a Thursday, December 1, clip of an upcoming CMT Hot 20 Countdown interview. “I want a little bit time to simply relaxation up and heal up.”
Whereas the nation crooner defined that it’s “fairly debilitating” to undergo chemotherapy and radiation, he saved a constructive outlook on what’s to come back. “So long as the whole lot stays hunky dory, then we’ll take a look at one thing good sooner or later,” he mentioned.
Keith introduced in June that he was stepping away from music in an effort to obtain remedy after being identified with abdomen most cancers in fall 2021.
“Final fall I used to be identified with abdomen most cancers,” he wrote through Instagram. “I’ve spent the final 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgical procedure. Thus far, so good.”
Initially, the “Pink Solo Cup” singer didn’t cease taking part in concert events. He carried out at a Memorial Day weekend present on the Heroes Honor Competition in Daytona Seashore, Florida, and at a sold-out venue on the San Antonio Rodeo in February.
Keith additionally attended The 2022 Toby Keith and Pals Golf Basic in Could, which raised over $1.38 million for charity. Nevertheless, the star realized he was prepared for a break after six months of remedy.
“I want time to breathe, recuperate and loosen up,” the “Ought to’ve Been a Cowboy” artist defined after recognizing he wanted to press pause on his profession. “I’m wanting ahead to spending this time with my household.”
Keith ended his assertion by assuring followers he’d be again on the street as quickly as he may. “I can’t wait,” he mentioned.
Earlier than changing into a rustic music famous person, the Grammy-Award nominee trusted the unconditional assist of his spouse, Tricia Lucas, telling Nation Weekly in 2015 that the Oklahoma native, 60, believed in him when nobody else did.
“Dozens of individuals instructed Tricia, ‘It’s worthwhile to go inform your outdated man to get an actual job,’” he mentioned on the time through The Boot. “It took a strong-hearted and loving girl to say, ‘He’s adequate at music that I’ve acquired to let him attempt. And it’ll be a fantastic shot for each of us if he could make it work.’”
The star added, “I completely love performing and writing songs, however being at residence with my spouse, Tricia, and my three children is the most effective feeling of all.”
The pair tied the knot in 1984 and share three youngsters, daughters Shelley Covel Rowland, 42, and Krystal Keith, 36, in addition to son Stelen Keith Covel, 25. They’re additionally grandparents to a number of grandkids.
Final month, Keith and Lucas attended the 2022 BMI Awards, the place the “I Love This Bar” singer obtained the BMI Icon Award and was honored with tribute performances from artists like Carrie Underwood and Eric Church.