Suzi Quatro has revealed that she had coronavirus and said she has ‘never felt anything like it’.
The singer, 70, told BBC Radio 2 that the illness took ‘every bit of energy that I possess’.
The 48 Crash hitmaker added: ‘It’s like somebody came into my room and hit me over the head with a sledgehammer.’
‘It was like somebody hit me with a sledgehammer’: Suzi Quatro has revealed that she had coronavirus, saying she has ‘never felt anything like it’ (pictured in September last year)
She said that she fell ill during the night after having a curry with members of her family.
The If You Can’t Give Me Love singer revealed: ‘I’m just this side of hyper, if not hyper, and I slept 18 out of 24 hours for the first five days and I had to get up for two naps per day.’
She said people close to her suggested she probably had the flu, she added: ‘I said “Yeah, right, like it’s going to be the flu!”.’
Illness: The singer, 70, told BBC Radio 2 that the illness took ‘every bit of energy that I possess’ (pictured in 1973, performing on stage in London)
Discussing her symptoms, she continued: ‘I didn’t have any appetite, my coffee tasted metallic, I didn’t have my usual breakfast champagne because I didn’t fancy it, which is another surprise for me.’
Suzi said that she is almost back to feeling normal and her doctor told her that singing and performing on stage are likely to have aided her recovery.
She added that she was ‘reluctant to even talk about this because it’s just not my style to make public private anguish’.
‘I slept 18 out of 24 hours for the first five days’: Suzi said that she fell ill after a curry with family members and that she slept for most of the day (pictured in 2018 with David Cook)
However, the musician said she hoped that by speaking out she ‘would help others who maybe are pooh-poohing this and making little of it’.
She added: ‘It is not happily that I talk about it.’
Actors Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and Bryan Cranston, as well as singer Pink, are among the stars to have revealed they have tested positive for coronavirus or displayed symptoms.
‘Like it’s going to be the flu!’: The 48 Crash hitmaker said people close to her said that it was probably the flu, but she didn’t think so (pictured on Top Of The Pops in 1973)