The King of Mallorca descends from the throne. At the end of the year, hit star Jürgen Drews wants to say goodbye to the stage. This probably has something to do with his illness, which he only made public last year.

Drews now announces the stage farewell in an interview with the “BIld am Sonntag”: “It’s time to put my private life first. You will be able to meet me at one or the other event this year and see me on TV, but at the end of this year I will say goodbye to the stage. I’m not as resilient as I used to be and I’ve noticed that it’s really good for me to be at home.”

The 77-year-old now wants to spend as much time as possible with his wife Ramona and daughter Joelina. The Ballermann star only made it public last year that he suffers from the incurable nervous disease polyneuropathy, which mainly affects his legs.

Compared to the “Bild am Sonntag” he now says: “Unfortunately, this disease cannot be cured. But thank God I only have a mild form of polyneuropathy. That shows up in my nerves. So I’m often a bit unsteady on my feet and have to concentrate very much if I’m supposed to walk long distances on stage. I’m not in pain, but my body and my condition are changing.”

But his fans don’t have to worry about the singer. Drews is enjoying retirement to the fullest, thanks in large part to his wife, Ramona, and their dogs. “Before, I didn’t have time for a lot of things. I love going out in the garden, watching documentaries on TV and just enjoying my life. This is a great gift for me.”

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