Sheryl Crow: Strong Enough

03/02/2006 at 12:00 PM EST

Sheryl Crow: Strong Enough
"She is an incredibly positive person," pal Doug Ulman says of Crow. "She's doing great at the moment."
ANDREW MACPHERSON/CORBIS OUTLINE

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

It had been a rough week for Sheryl Crow. So the singer – hardly one to hibernate with a pint of fudge ripple and a remote control after announcing her breakup with Lance Armstrong on Feb. 3 – got to work. Two days after braving the Grammy red carpet solo, she turned up at Los Angeles' famed train depot, Union Station, for a Feb. 10 video shoot for her melancholy new duet with Sting, "Always on Your Side."

In between playing the piano and joking around with Sting, a longtime friend, Crow seemed in perfect health and showed no signs of strain from the split. "She was a complete pro and great fun to work with," says video director Nigel Dick. "I just tried to make sure she was in a good place, to keep the energy going. I felt she enjoyed herself." Two weeks later, when Crow revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, "I was shocked," says Dick. "I wouldn't have known in a million years, not for a second, that this was coming."

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