Debbie Harry was "very emotional" at her 76th birthday party
The Blondie frontwoman was able to celebrate her special day with friends earlier this month and she admitted it was "wonderful" to finally see her pals in person after spending so much time in isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic
2 August 2021
She said of her "little party": “I finally got to see people properly. I was very touched and emotional about it.
© 2021 Bang Showbiz, NZCity
“It was wonderful just being able to embrace my friends and have them over for a meal.”
The 'Hanging On the Telephone' hitmaker has been mourning the loss of some friends, including producer Hal Willner, after they lost their lives to COVID-19.
She told The Sun newspaper: “Tragically, I’ve lost some people to the virus.
“Including Hal Willner, one of the most talented music people ever.”
Debbie recalled how "the statistics were staggering in New York" in the early stages of the pandemic so she's thankful the city had such strong leadership.
She said: “I’m so grateful for Governor Cuomo going on air every night being strong, encouraging and honest.
“We were so fortunate to have him standing up to Washington’s political empire. He was fighting for us, the city?.?.?.?when it was completely scary.
“My friends in London say it’s been the same in the UK though some were fortunate enough to leave the city and move to higher ground, so to speak.”
The 'Call Me' hitmaker returned to the stage in the city's Battery Park last month and it was a special moment for the star.
She said: “This was on the day that the mask mandate was lifted and I’ll just never forget the feeling.
"It was only seven or eight songs but it was very meaningful to me.”
Meanwhile, despite her advancing years, Debbie has no plans to retire.
She said: “To be creative and to keep that part of my brain going is essential and as I get older.
“I just want to feel that side of life and feel that I am contributing somehow to my own well-being. Music is my life force.
“And I’ve had so much support from family, friends and fans that I can’t think of any other way. What else would I do? Become a race car driver?”