Brian May goes to hospital after ripping buttock muscle 'to shreds' while gardening

Julia Hunt
Brian May at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York. (Photo by imageSPACE/Sipa USA)

Brian May has revealed he had to go to hospital after ripping his buttock muscle “to shreds” during some “over-enthusiastic gardening”.

The Queen star posted a picture on Instagram showing him in a mask as he assured fans it was a gardening gaffe and not the coronavirus that had landed him in hospital.

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Admitting the pain was “relentless,” the 72-year-old said that after being examined he had been told he would not be able to walk for a while.

He told fans: “Reality check! For me. No - the Virus didn’t get me yet - thank God.

“Hope you’re all keeping extra-safe out there.

“A decision to relax controls doesn’t suddenly make the danger go away.

“But me? Yes, I’ve been quiet. Reason? As well as getting over-stretched and harassed by too many demands ... I managed to rip my Gluteus Maximus to shreds in a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening.”

The guitar player continued: “So suddenly I find myself in a hospital getting scanned to find out exactly how much I’ve actually damaged myself.

Brian May performs live on stage during the opening of Queen and Adam Lambert's "The Rhapsody Tour" at The Forum on Friday, July 19, 2019, in California (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

“Turns out I did a thorough job - this is a couple of days ago - and I won’t be able to walk for a while ... or sleep, without a lot of assistance, because the pain is relentless.”

May told his Instagram followers he needed to “go dark for a while” and would be resting at home.

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“Please, please don’t send me sympathy - I just need some healing silence for a while,” he said.

“I’ll be back - but I need the complete break. OK? Thanks.

“Take care out there. Bri.”