Neil Diamond on Living With Parkinson’s Disease: “I Can’t Really Fight This Thing, So I Had to Accept It”


In an interview airing Sunday, the ‘Sweet Caroline’ singer-songwriter said that he had only recently begun to accept the effects of the disease, but since his 2018 diagnosis, he’s «easier» on other people and himself.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond has opened up about living with Parkinson’s disease after being diagnosed with the condition in 2018.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the singer-songwriter behind hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Cracklin’ Rosie” opened up about putting his life on display “warts and all” for the Broadway musical A Beautiful Noise, along with his 2018 Parkinson’s diagnosis and adjusting to life and performance with the condition.

Diamond admitted that he is still in the process of accepting the effects of the disease. “I’m still doing it. And I don’t like it,” he explained. “OK, so this is the hand that God’s given me, and I have to make the best of it, and so I am.”