Tank is sharing some tough and heartbreaking news with his 1.8 million fans on Instagram. The R&B singer, whose real name is Durrell Babbs, revealed that he is going deaf in a post he shared on Wednesday (May 12). He went on to say that he can’t walk in a straight line, saying he doesn’t know what caused this sudden problem.
So I’m going through something right now and I want to use my situation to encourage your situation. I’m going completely deaf in my right ear. I’m kind of losing sound in my left. Dizzy. Can’t walk a straight line. All of this out of nowhere! Don’t know how or why. I’m seeing a doctor, got MRI’s going on and medication and, you know, all of that.
Tank went on to say that he’s not giving up on his health or his life goals because of these ailments. He also offered his fans words of encouragement, even though he’s the one going through such a difficult time.
But, it still hasn’t given me a reason to give up. It still hasn’t given me a reason to stop feeling like I can do and be everything that I’ve set out to be. The goals are still the same: to be great, to be the greatest. And I want to say that to you too. No matter what you’re going through, no matter where you find yourself. Whether your body is failing you, whether your mind is failing you, whether your spirit is failing you: keep going, keep pushing.
The 45-year-old singer promised to keep his fans updated on his journey while he battles hearing loss.
Imma document my process just to show you the fight, just to show you that you’re still in it — we’re still in it. So, much love to you and let’s keep fighting.
Tank received messages of support from friends and family including his wife Zena Foster.
I love you babe and don’t worry I can talk louder.