Adele has scrapped all remaining performances and appearances in 2011 and will undergo surgery to treat her ongoing vocal issues, according to a statement posted Friday (October 28) on her official site.
“It is with deep regret that Adele has been forced to cancel her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011. She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat, and a full recovery is expected,” the statement reads. “As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments.”
The news comes less than a month after Adele announced she was canceling her U.S. tour — which had previously been rescheduled thanks to a bout with laryngitis — after suffering a vocal hemorrhage. At the time, Adele wrote that she was “truly devastated and annoyed” by her ongoing condition, but had “no choice” but to rest her voice and recuperate.
“Singing is literally my life … I have great confidence in believing you know how much this upsets me, how seriously I take it. Wanting to do something so bad and not being able to is the most frustrating thing as I’m sure you know,” she wrote in a message to her fans. “My voice is weak and I need to build it back up. I’m gonna be starting up vocal rehab [soon] and start building my overall stamina in my voice, body and mind.”
It’s not known exactly what type of surgical procedure Adele will undergo, but Rolling Stone recently spoke to several throat surgeons who said that, due to her recurring vocal injuries, she might need the kind of surgery Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler underwent in 2006 (a procedure that had him singing again in five months).
“It’s very fixable,” Tyler’s doctor, Steven Zeitels, who serves as the director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital, told RS. “This is not something that’s a deal breaker, even remotely.”
A spokesperson for Adele’s record label, Columbia, did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment on the matter.