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Bette Midler says she needed therapy after Las Vegas residency
Dec. 18, 2012, 10:18 AM EST
Veteran entertainer Bette Midler says she sought therapy after her Las
Vegas residency left her battling exhaustion. Midler debuted "Bette Midler:
The Showgirl Must Go On" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2008, but the
intense schedule took a toll on the 67-year-old performer.
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Midler wrapped the shows in 2010, and she sought expert advice to help her
recover after playing for fans night after night. She tells Britain's The Times
newspaper, "I just got exhausted, burnt myself out. Physically I didn't have
anything left. The obligation was to keep going whether you wanted to or not. By
the end I was having a vitamin B-12 shot every night. I was whipped. I really
didn't know who I was anymore."
Midler admits that after the shows she "couldn't play music, couldn't listen
to music, couldn't do anything," and adds, "I wasn't having a nervous breakdown.
I had a little bit of a collapse, lay down, puttered around, stayed in pajamas
all day. Eventually I started talking to a therapist, working out again, picking
up a guitar."