Morrissey has revealed just how serious his recent health issues have been and that he has been advised to retire from performing.

The former Smiths frontman was talking to a Mexican radio show when he went into detail about his ailments including the bout of double pneumonia which have been plaguing the star in recent months, "I had a very bad time, I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn’t work… I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline… I had lost so much blood I had become anaemic, but I'm still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now."

"It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me, but everything just attacked me at once. The double pneumonia – everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn’t cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold."

The singer also explained how he had been urged to quit but would struggle to do so, saying he was "cautioned to [retire], but it's hard for me because its very ingrained in me."