Rick Astley opens up about being deaf

Rick Astley has revealed he suffers from hearing loss and has recorded a new version of his 'Never Gonna Give You Up’ with incorrect lyrics to raise awareness of the condition.

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Astley has partnered with Specsavers to highlight the impact of hearing loss and the importance of getting tested and treated. In a video posted on his social media channels, the singer takes a hearing test and discovers that he has lost his hearing.

„Some things I can’t hear anymore,” reveals Astley, adding that mishearing words is one of the first signs of hearing loss. „So we had a little fun with my lyrics to bring awareness to that.”

As part of the campaign, Astley recorded a new version of 'Never Gonna Give You Up’ with false lyrics similar to the original. For example, he sings „Then I’ll leave you.” instead „I’ll never let you go” And „Then I’m going to run off with dessert spoons.” instead „I’ll never run away from you”.

Specsavers said in a statement Website, also revealed that Astley now uses hearing aids. „It’s probably a result of playing drums as a kid and working in the music industry [Specsavers has] Gave me my first hearing aid,” Astley explained.

“It’s important to remember that everyone’s hearing is different. „Some people lose high notes, others lose low frequency sounds,” he continued, adding, „I encourage them to get their hearing tested if they notice any changes so they don’t lose the sounds or music they love.”

Astley recently revealed that Ozzy Osbourne offered to put together a band for him at the height of his popularity. However, Osborne’s wife, Sharon, soon shut down the conversation. „Sharon leaned over and said, 'Would you shut up, he doesn’t want to play with your long-haired, tattooed monsters,'” Astley said.

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Nevertheless, Astley shared that she was touched by the gesture, calling Osborne „a lovely man to do it”.

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