Daniel's fans pledge to 'Stand
O'Donnell's loyal fans have pledged to wait for him
while he takes an 18-month break from music next
The Donegal performer (52) said he was "very
grateful" his dedicated followers have supported his
decision to take time out from his hectic schedule
to enjoy life with wife Majella.
He said Majella (54) is now breast cancer-free after
a 15-month battle with the disease.
"Thankfully she is cancer free. She's had all her
treatment and surgeries and everything is good.
We've been very fortunate."
The singer said his wife's shock diagnosis in July
2013 followed by her father's sudden death shortly
afterwards, led to his decision to take a
year-and-a-half break from music starting in
He said his own mother Julia's passing last May
further convinced him that his decision to take a
sabbatical was the right one.
Daniel O'Donnell and wife Majella relax on the patio of their holiday home in
"Even though I know
that Majella is going to be fine, you really don't
know what the future holds so we decided we would
take just a bit of time to walk into the garden for
a while and enjoy," Daniel told the Alan Titchmarsh
Show on UTV yesterday.
Daniel said some people had wondered how his fans
would react to his decision to take an extended
"I was amazed at the overwhelming support that I got
from people saying 'you go and enjoy and we'll be
here when you come back' and that's tremendous."
The entertainerís new album 'Stand Beside Me' will
be released next month.
He said while the album was recorded and named
before his decision to take a break, its title
turned out to be serendipitous.
"Itís kind of apt that I'm going off and almost
saying 'Stand Beside Me' until I come back. But (the
fans) have done and I'm very grateful," he added.
Meanwhile, Majella has described her delight as
sales of her new memoir 'It's All in the Head' soar.
"Absolutely delighted to announce that my book 'It's
All in the Head' has gone to Number 1 in the
non-fiction paperback category week ending October
18. Wow!" Majella tweeted yesterday.