"Both Sides, Now" has taken on a whole new meaning.
Though court documents filed today refer to Joni Mitchell as "unconscious and unable to make any responses," a statement posted to the artist's official website insists that is not the case.
"Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital—but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected," the statement reads. "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.
"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."
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Meanwhile, the temporary-conservatorship petition filed today on Morris' behalf in Los Angeles Superior Court do state that Mitchell (the "proposed conservatee") "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."
Morris, described as a close friend of Mitchell's for more than 44 years, is "willing and able to act as conservator," the petition says. It's also stated that Morris had heard from the Blue artist over the years that she didn't have the relatives who would fit the bill in the related probate code as being able to assume control over her affairs.
On April 3, a statement on Mitchell's site said that they were "encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day."
The singer-songwriter, painter and Saint Laurent model has been hospitalized since March 31—and we're certainly not the only ones hoping that she truly does make a full recovery.