Reba McEntire postpones concerts on doctor’s orders, reveals ‘difficult decision’ to reschedule shows
Reba McEntire postponed two concerts in late June, saying she had been hospitalized with mononucleosis. (Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
By Sarah Grieshop, WFAA-4 News, Houston
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 4:29 am
Former Texas native and country music legend Reba McEntire is stepping away from public concerts after a year-long battle with an unknown viral infection.
McEntire, 72, told ABC News on Monday that she’s had a difficult decision that’s left her feeling “overwhelmed” by her new life without music.
“I was diagnosed with mononucleosis in February 2018,” she said. “It’s a virus that is spread through saliva from contact with saliva, so I’ve been doing everything I can not to expose myself to the virus, and that’s been all you can do.”
She said she’s been a public figure since 1971 and has performed in a variety of events and concerts.
“You kind of go through cycles throughout our lives of being on stage and performing and playing music,” McEntire said. “I’ve done both.”
“I’ve played before, but if you’re sick you’re not playing,” she said. “It is a long road ahead but hopefully we can have a smooth road.”
She said she’s now taking time off from performing, but she has not ruled out performing later in the year.
“I don’t even plan on doing any music while I’m out of commission with this,” she said. “I think I may be playing a show here and there but nothing I would call a tour.”
She also revealed that “there are a lot of things that are going on in my life that I’m not able to talk about.”
“Just before I went into this, my mom asked me the same question: ‘Are you going to continue doing music?’ And I told her the