Jeremih’s fans and followers were relieved when the singer was released from the hospital after a long and scary battle with COVID-19. Now that he is fully recovered and getting back to his life, the singer decided to open up about the painful recovery process.

During a visit to Sway In The Morning this week, the “Planez” singer describes the excruciating moments caused by his symptoms, revealing he’s grateful to be alive. “What I can say is: man, it definitely is real,” he said of the virus. “I didn’t take it for granted.”

Jeremih describes himself as “a living, walking testimony,” when talking about everything he endured during his hospitalization. “I was really down bad for the last month and a half while I was in there,” he tells the show’s hosts. “You know, I don’t even remember the day I went in. That’s how messed up it was.”

The singer said that he was in and out of consciousness during his stay in the intensive care unit, but that his mother Gwenda Starling took photos that captured just how sick he was. “I had the tube down my throat for about a week and a half,” he said. “I was really, like, in a dream. And I ain’t gonna lie, I woke up about two times and all I remember is just seeing a white light.”

His condition worsened when he was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome. This caused his organs to swell, and his heart stopped multiple times. Thankfully, Jeremih symptoms subsided and he was eventually was moved out of ICU. “I had to learn how to walk again, eat, all that stuff,” he said.

Looking back on his health scare, Jeremih says, “I look at it as kind of somewhat of a blessing now, as crazy as it might sound. I needed to sit down. I needed to take a break.”

Listen to Jeremih’s full interview with Sway In The Morning below.

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