Only a few days after Adele announced she may never tour again, more disheartening news has emerged. Late on Friday evening, Adele canceled her final two world tour shows and released a statement on Instagram and Twitter explaining why. While it would seem her spirits are still going strong, whether Adele will truly be OK enough to continue singing remains to be seen.
According to the "Hello" singer, her vocal cords have been damaged to the point that she cannot sing for even two more shows — shows that would've capped her extensive world tour — and she must undergo treatment immediately to take care of the problem. Adele's lengthy statement began with an air of sadness and appreciation:
"I don't even know how to start this. The last two nights at Wembley have been the biggest and best shows of my life. To come home to such a response after so long away doing something I never thought I could pull off but did has blown me away."
After explaining that she was experiencing troubling symptoms with her throat, she went on to write, "I went to see my throat doctor this evening because my voice didn't open up at all today and it turns out I have damaged my vocal cords." She cites medical advice as the reason she can't perform, but says that calling herself heartbroken would be "a complete understatement."
It's a very unfortunate turn of events for the singer, who's been going through a particularly triumphant return to the public eye with 25, a series of Grammy wins from that album, and a successful world tour. What's even more upsetting is that this isn't the first time Adele's vocal cords have sustained an injury. If you recall, in 2011, Adele had to have throat surgery after she had a vocal cord hemorrhage. The surgery and the time she needed to recover forced her to cancel her remaining 2011 tour.
With history seemingly repeating itself, it would seem there's a huge question mark looming over the future of her career. One can only imagine the kind of pain and uncertainty this kind of issue would cause for the singer. When medical issues directly impact the instrument she absolutely needs for her line of work, it's only natural to wonder where Adele will go from here. Considering things like belting have become hallmarks of her music, this new vocal distress adds to that curiosity and leaves fans concerned for her health.
It's still too early to tell if Adele will be able to sing again, and if so, in what capacity. For now, fans can only hope that she recovers from this medical issue safely and speedily.