Music legend Neil Diamond has opened up about his battle with Parkinson’s disease in a recent interview with CBS. The 82-year-old revealed that he was diagnosed with the illness five years ago, but had only recently accepted the reality of his situation.

“I think this has just been in the last few weeks,” Diamond said of his acceptance. “I don’t like it. But … this is me, this is what I have to accept. And I’m willing to do it. And, OK, so this is the hand that God’s given me, and I have to make the best of it, and so I am. I am.”

Despite the challenges, the singer-songwriter said he had found a sense of calm in accepting his diagnosis. “Somehow, a calm has moved in, and the hurricane of my life, and things have gotten very quiet, as quiet as this recording studio,” he said. “And I like it. I find that I like myself better. I’m easier on people. I’m easier on myself. And the beat goes on, and it will go on long after I’m gone.”

Diamond had previously announced his retirement from live performances in 2018, but vowed to remain active in writing, recording, and other projects. His announcement about his Parkinson’s diagnosis comes as a shock to fans, who have long admired the musician for his incredible talent and contributions to the industry.

Despite the challenges ahead, Diamond’s positive attitude and determination to make the most of his situation is an inspiration to us all. Fans can rest assured that the music icon will continue to make his mark on the industry for many years to come.