Glen and his wife, Kim, decided to go public with Glen’s diagnosis because they wanted his fans to know what was wrong.
“Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer,” says Kim. “But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage, I wouldn’t want people to think, ‘What’s the matter with him? Is he drunk?’”
The Grammy-winning “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer is planning a farewell tour this fall. The couple told People he had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years, but the Alzheimer’s diagnosis only came six months ago.
“I still love making music,” says Glen. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”
For more of Glen and Kim’s interview, pick up the new issue of People, on newsstands this Friday.