Talk about the worst birthday ever. Though The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes was forced to spend his 20th in a Los Angeles hospital undergoing vocal cord surgery, the singer told fans he was stunned by the support from them during his health crisis.
“Not gonna lie, I have been completely overwhelmed by all of the love, support and birthday wishes from you guys,” he tweeted Thursday evening. “You are all amazing!!”
The group announced this week that Sykes would be taking an “unforeseen hiatus” from the boy band after developing what has been described as hemorrhaged nodule on one of his vocal cords. He traveled to Los Angeles and underwent surgery on Thursday, tweeting a short time afterwards, “Out of surgery … what a way to spend my birthday!”
Before he went under the knife, bandmate Tom Parker checked in to give an update. “Just seen Nath,” he wrote, “He was away with the fairies but doing OK. Grateful for all your messages.”
In addition to fans sending their love, manager Scooter Braun also offered some encouragement, writing, “Happy to hear @NathanTheWanted is out of surgery and getting rest. #HappyBrithdayNath.”
The surprise news of the hiatus came on Wednesday in a statement from a spokesperson, which read, “We can confirm that The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes will under go specialist throat surgery on Thursday 18th April in Los Angeles and as such will be taking unforeseen hiatus form The Wanted,” read the statement. “The priority for Nathan, his label and management is that he is given time to recover and receive the best treatment possible. The remaining four members of The Wanted will continue fulfilling the bands promotional commitments across the world.”