April 25th, 2022
The singer openly revealed his condition in an interview with Mojo magazine, saying he would rather skip the surgery and get his partner Debbie Gwyther to wheel him around a la Little Britain.
The 49-year-old rock 'n' roll star joked that he’ll still be doing ‘high kicks like Mick Jagger’ at his Knebworth gigs next month.
My hips are f***ed, I’ve got arthritis, bad. I went to get it checked out and my bones are mashed up. The lady was going, ‘Oh, you might need a hip operation, a replacement'. I think I’d rather just be in pain. Which is ridiculous, obviously. I know that. Just get them fixed. But it’s the stigma, saying you’ve had your hips replaced.
If there's one take away from this then it is the singer’s reluctance to have hip replacement surgery reinforces negative ideas about older bodies and ageing generally.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and swelling (inflammation) in the joints. Common symptoms of arthritis include pain, swelling and stiffness in one or more joints.
The main treatments for arthritis are lifestyle changes like exercise, physiotherapy and medication.
Surgery may be needed in more severe cases.
Depending on his prognosis, we're sure at some stage Liam will eventually succumb to the perceived stigma and have hip replacement surgery. Unlike most people, however, he has the means to book himself into the best private clinic money can buy when that time comes.
Meanwhile, and in the words of the great man himself, it's a case of: as you were.