Michael Bolton, celebrated for his hit single ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, faced a significant health challenge last year. In an open-hearted message to his followers this past Friday, Bolton disclosed a brain tumor diagnosis which was made just before the holiday season, necessitating him to take temporary leave from public performances.
He reported, ‘A brain tumor was detected in my body just prior to the yuletide period, an indication that immediate surgery was essential.’ With gratitude, he continued, ‘Due to the expertise and commitment of my medical teams, the operation was executed successfully.’
Bolton is currently in recovery in the comfort of his home, where he is surrounded by the unwavering love and support of his family. The two-time Grammy recipient committed that he would devote ‘the upcoming months’ to his recuperation while he takes a ‘momentary hiatus’ from his concert tours.
Recognizing the disappointment this could cause his fans, he assured, ‘Postponing a concert or letting down my fans is by far the most challenging part for me. However, rest assured that I am striving to expedite my recovery and get back to the stage as soon as possible.’
He expressed sincere appreciation for his fans who have shown their ’empathy and encouragement’ throughout his career. ‘I truly treasure your hopeful messages which I hold dearly in my heart, and promise to keep you all updated as my recovery progresses,’ said Bolton, signing off the message on a personal note with, ‘Endless love, MB.’
Bolton, on his most recent pursuit, represented his home state of Connecticut on NBC’s ‘American Song Contest,’ an American version of the popular Eurovision Song Contest. This endeavor took him back to 2022 when he put forward his original track, ‘Beautiful World’, during the semi-finals.
Engaging with The Post at the time, this icon from the ’90s reiterated his passion for live performances for his numerous admirers. ‘It brings me immense satisfaction when various artists perform my compositions on such platforms,’ he acknowledged.
The native of New Haven also expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity, ‘I was thrilled about participating. It felt like reconnecting with my beginnings, trying to create something I believe the world would appreciate.’
Voicing some insights into the music industry, he said, ‘Through my journey of being an artist, I have learned that aside from talent, a hit song is crucial for career sustenance. Songwriting is not simply the inception of an artist’s career but also ensures its continuation.’
Bolton confessed that he had minimal exposure to the ‘Eurovision’ version of the series before deciding to participate in the ‘American Song Contest.’ However, this opportunity ignited his inspiration to compose the utopian ballad ‘Beautiful World’, a track he felt deeply resonated with the prevailing times and the collective emotional strain experienced globally.
The intention of the song was not to delude the audience into believing that a mere wave of some magic wand would render the world beautiful again. Instead, he elucidated, ‘The song emphasizes our responsibility as individuals in shaping this world into a beautiful place.’