That thing you heard today about Joni Mitchell? Her people say it isn’t true.
Court documents filed Tuesday and shared by gossip sites describe Mitchell as “unconscious and unable to make any responses,” but a statement that appeared later in the day on the iconic singer’s official website refutes those claims.
“Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma,” the statement reads. “Joni is still in the hospital — but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority — in the absence of 24-hour doctor care — to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital.”
It continues, “As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts. You may add your well wishes for her at the website WeLoveYouJoni.com.”
Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles since March 31. According to the conservatorship petition, a legal document that gives another person control over Mitchell’s medical decisions, she “suffered a medical emergency in late March and was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where she remains at this time. At this time she remains unconscious and unable to make any responses, and is therefore unable to provide for any of her personal needs,” E! News reports.
The petition also says that Morris is “willing and able to act as conservator” and that Mitchell doesn’t have any relatives able to fit that role — Morris has been a close friend of Mitchell’s for more than 44 years, according to E! News.
A statement posted to Mitchell’s official website nearly a month ago said her camp was “encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day.”