Tanya Tucker Talks About Personal Tragedy in Interview with Dan Rather

Tonight (Feb 2), in an interview with Dan Rather, Tanya Tucker will talk about depression and her terrible medical ordeal.

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Tonight (Feb 2), in an interview with Dan Rather, Tanya Tucker will talk about depression and her terrible medical ordeal.

When you decide to get a run-of-the-mill, non-surgical cosmetic treatment, you don’t expect to end up with fire covering your face and shooting into your lungs. This is what the iconic country music singer Tanya Tucker had to deal with when she got a routine facial peel.

In an interview that will air tonight (Feb. 2), Tucker tells journalist Dan Rather about a horrible event that happened to her in 2008.

“I wanted to get a chemical peel on my face. It’s a normal [procedure], it’s not even a hospital stay,” Tucker said in a press release promoting her interview with Dan Rather.

“They caught the laser on fire with the oxygen… the only thing I remember hearing is, ‘Get the ambulance, we’ve got a fire.’ [I had] second and third-degree burns from here down on my face, and then the flames went up into my nose and down into my lungs… It was the worst thing… I was just saying, ‘God, why me?’”

The incident had lasting effects on Tucker’s musical career.

“It also changed my voice, which has been another obstacle I’ve had to overcome. I’ve had to struggle to reach certain notes, which I never had to do before.”

Tucker has had to suffer through more than one tragedy in her life. She also lost her mother the year before horrific medical tradegy.

“You try and mentally prepare for it, but when it comes, you are not prepared for the emotional toll it takes,” she shared.

After spending half a million dollars on doctors to help her through the tough time, Tucker now credits prayer for getting her out of the depression that the death of her parents and the chemical peel sent her through.

“I think that’s probably what helped me the most, is, I went to a monastery right outside of Aspen, and I went really for my friend, who had breast cancer, and it had spread,” she says. “But she’s in remission now, and we’re so thankful for that. But she had went to this monastery where there’s 20 monks outside of Aspen, and I really connected with it. When you have 20 women praying, laying their hands on you and saying prayers or you, it’s pretty powerful. Very powerful. And I found some sort of a strength there. And I’m going back again this year.”

The Big Interview, featuring a hour long interview with Tanya Tucker, will air tonight at 8pm on AXS TV.

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