Singer and actress Marianne Faithfull, close to The Rolling Stones and former girlfriend of soloist Mick Jagger, was hospitalized in London after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Her manager said: “Marianne is being treated for COVID-19 in a London hospital. Her condition is stable and she responds to treatment. We wish him a complete and rapid recovery. ”
One of her friends, Penny Arcade, told Rolling Stone magazine that the 73-year-old artist was in self-isolation in London when the symptoms of a cold appeared. Cautious, she was admitted Monday and was diagnosed with COVID-19, then with pneumonia.
Faithfull’s ex-husband, John Dunbar, said she was fine, but that she could talk very hard and not receive visitors.
In recent years, Marianne Faithfull has struggled with several conditions, including Hepatitis C and breast cancer, and from 1970 to 1980, with drug addiction, including heroin.
Marianne Faithfull appeared in the spotlight in 1964 as a close associate of The Rolling Stones. Jagger and Keith Richards composed their debut single, “As Tears Go By”, released the same year. She was married to Dunbar, with whom she had a son when she and Jagger formed one of the best-known couples. The two split in 1970.
Faithfull struggled with drug addiction for a while, reaching the streets in the early 1970s. She even tried to commit suicide when she lost custody of her son. In 1971, she met producer Mike Leander, and her career was relaunched in 1979 with the album “Broken English.”
He then collaborated with producers like Hal Willner on the album “Strange Weather” (1987), with Angelo Badalamenti (music producer on “Twin Peaks”), on “A Secret Life” (1995) and frequently recorded compositions by Kurt Weill. She was invited by Metallica to play the chorus of “The Memory Remains” (1997). In the 2000s, Faithfull released two albums, “Kissin ‘Time” and “Before the Poison”, for which he collaborated with Beck, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). Later, he resumed working with Willner. Her most recent album, “Negative Culpability”, was released in 2018.
In February this year, it was announced that actress Lucy Boynton, known for her feature film “Bohemian Rhapsody”, will play the role of Marianne Faithfull in a film dedicated to singer and actress, directed by Ian Bonhôte.