Russell Watson: ‘I didn’t think I’d make it’

Tenor Russell Watson has said he didn’t think he was ‘going to make it’ after being rushed into hospital seven weeks ago for a life-saving brain operation.

In his first live interview since the surgery, Russell said doctors told him it was ‘touch and go’ as he flitted in and out of consciousness.

He said: “I remember thinking, ‘Oh dear, I don’t think I’m going to make it this time’.”

The star was discharged from hospital in Cheshire in October after the three-hour operation to remove a tumour.

The Salford-born singer fell ill while working on his new album.

It was his second operation on the tumour in 12 months. He was first struck down with it last year and underwent an operation. But scans revealed the tumour had grown back after he complained of headaches and vision loss.

Speaking on the phone to GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, he said: “I actually felt like I was well on the road to recovery and then I went for a follow-up scan a little while ago and they told me there was some regrowth, but obviously I wasn’t aware of the severity until the day I was rushed into hospital.

“It was very scary. My vision had gone, and basically when I was rushed into hospital I was very, very ill and, there was no question, the doctors told me when I arrived it was touch and go.

“I wasn’t really that aware of what was going on anyway. I was flitting in and out of consciousness.”

The 41-year-old said he didn’t think the surgery would affect his singing voice.