SCOTS pop queen Annie Lennox has revealed she feared being crippled for life – after a horror back injury forced her into a wheelchair.
The multi-million selling diva cancelled a planned concert in Mexico after she underwent major back surgery to release a trapped nerve.
Lennox, 54, has just completed six months of intensive physiotherapy and admits she might never be able to perform a full concert again.
Annie said: “When I had the surgery, I didn’t even know if I would be able to walk again properly.
“My foot is still not right – it still has some weird thing that is kind of permanently numb. And it is a strange thing to live with really.
“I have been doing physical therapy and I still don’t know if it will ever be back to normal again.
“But it’s just one of those things – you just have to be pragmatic when things like that happen.”
Exclusive charity auction
Lennox returns to performing hits such as Sweet Dreams and No More I Love You’s for 800 VIP guests at the amfAR gala event next month.
The exclusive dinner and auction event at a select hotel in Antibes is widely-expected to top the £7 million raised last year.
The Aberdeen-born singer, who has sold over 80 million records worldwide, said a US interview: “I don’t think I could do a normal concert any more at this point in time.
“I am able to sit at a piano, and I function and I can stand. But I don’t think I am at the stage where I could.
Annie said: “The trip to South Africa was a revelation to me. I hadn’t truly appreciated the pandemic is affecting women primarily and children.
“My own children were born here in safety and with good health so the HIV/Aids issue in Africa, it’s a mother’s issue as well.”
A spokesperson for amfAR said: “We are delighted to have Annie participating in the event and performing some songs.
“We are raising money for amfAR, the American foundation for Aids research, but our work is global.”