Michael Flatley: “Cancer made me determined to live every moment”
Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley has spoken about his battle with cancer and how his perspective on life was changed forever by the deadly disease.
Flatley was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2003, He admitted the news made him determined to “live every moment”.
The Riverdance star was speaking on BBC Radio 2 about his final tour, as he plans for his retirement from performing.
The Chicago-born star spoke about his career, and how he feared it would all be cut short by the deadly form of skin cancer.
He said: “The value of friends, the value of loved ones – all of a sudden, material things faded away into the past.
“My art and the people that I spend time with are the things that I love most now. Cancer certainly gave me tremendous focus.”
Flatley has rarely spoken about his battle with cancer. After being diagnosed, he kept his condition private and away from the public eye. Thankfully, he responded well to the treatments and in 2006 he announced that he had beaten the disease, saying: “I’m completely fine now, thank God.”
Flatley also discussed his plans to retire, after decades of performing have taken their toll on his body. He had planned to quit after a final show in New York later this year, but revealed that he has been offered big money to end his career in Las Vegas on St Patrick’s Day 2016.
“We received a big offer to put our show on in Las Vegas with me finishing on St Patrick’s Day, so I may take a look at that.”
That would certainly be a fitting stage for Flatley to finally bow out on his hugely successful career.