I think Marisol Maldonado has taken a very brave step, career-wise, to come out like this about her autoimmune disease. Being a model is a very physical profession and as those of us with ICI know, coming out at work, any kind of work, is a big deal. I'd like to send her a really big thank you for raising awareness of autoimmune disease in general.
I wonder what the song/video title means? Her Diamonds.
I can't take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
'Cause I can't help her now
Losing her sparkle? Here's what Rob Thomas says about it:
The album’s first single, the kaleidoscopic “Her Diamonds,” is the most personal song Thomas has yet committed to disc. Rob’s wife Marisol is courageously battling an autoimmune disease, and “Her Diamonds” was written “about a couple dealing with that on a day-to-day basis,” explains Thomas. “There’s an incredible amount of sadness that comes with something like that. There are moments where I think I flirted with a thinner personal line than I’ve ever done before, but, really, I’m writing a song about how people deal with hard times, and that hard time is universal, that hard time can be anything."
Singer Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol Maldonado-Thomas attend day one of the 2009 U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
(August 30, 2009 - Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America)
Marisol Maldonado is a Puerto Rican American model and is married to Rob Thomas (lead singer of Matchbox Twenty). She is a native of Queens, New York City, and her parents are of Puerto Rican descent. She met her future husband while vacationing with her friends in Montreal in May 1998.
She appeared in the music video Smooth, a collaboration between Thomas and Santana, as well as Thomas' video for Ever the Same and his DVD supplement to the CD ...Something To Be in a documentary photo shoot clip at Mark Seliger's studio.
Maldonado suffers from a rare autoimmune disorder similar to lupus erythematosus. The song "Her Diamonds," which was the lead single from her husband's second solo studio album Cradlesong, is about her battle with the disease.