Eric Clapton is one of the world’s most iconic musicians. As an international icon and music legend, Eric Clapton has been intriguing the world with his brilliant musical talents for the nearly the last six decades.
The musical sensation began his journey with the entertainment world when he was just 18 years old. And as far as he was concerned, music would be with Eric for the rest of his life. But tragically, Eric’s body would have different plans for him.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Eric confirmed one of his biggest fears was on its way to becoming a painful reality. After years of hoping that one diagnosis would never be spoke over it, Eric had heard the words that truly terrified him. Eric was going deaf.
Eric Clapton has made music history; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, he has 18 Grammy Awards, and he’s been named The Most Influential and Important Guitarist in music history by Rolling Stone.
And while he’s lived an undeniably rich and full life- like everyone else- he continues to age. His concern about aging has been quite private over the years, but since learning his tragic fate of losing his hearing, he’s decided to share it with the world. His acceptance and honesty take massive humility, especially because losing your hearing as an artist is one of the most catastrophic things that can happen to you.
Eric revealed how his life as a performing musician was finally dating up to him. He shared, “I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work. He added, "I mean, I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I'm a curiosity. It's amazing to myself that I'm still here."
The last album that Eric recorded in 2016 proved to be one of the most difficult projects; Eric created it while having severe eczema on his hands. He said, “It was so bad while making the album that "the palms of my hand were coming off...It was a catastrophe, " he said. "I had to wear mittens with Band-Aids around the hands and played a lot of slide [guitar] as a result."
Recently, Eric has been more public about his health issues and much of his personal life has been captured in the documentary: "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars." Eric speaks highly of the documentary but shares that it’s difficult for him to watch, saying "If you're going to go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride.” While in the midst of his inevitable aging, he acknowledges goodness through the trial of getting older by saying, "I think it's important to see that life has a happy ending, it's like a redemption concept.”
As hard as it may be to accept aging and all that comes with it, Eric is choosing to be honest about it. You can see more of his honest acceptance in his documentary "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars."