The singer said that it is a genetic “neuropathy and neurological disease” that he inherited from his father.
“There is no cure for it, but it has been affecting me for years,” Jackson said. “And it’s becoming more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling on stage. And now I have a little trouble balancing myself, even in front of the mic, so I feel very uncomfortable.”
The disease is not fatal and the singer, who for decades has been a country music staple with hits like “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” and “Where I Come From,” said he is living with it.
And at this point, it doesn’t seem like the man who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2017 is ready to quit acting.
“I’m not saying I won’t be able to tour,” Jackson said. “I will try to do everything I can.”