British songstress Adele is scheduled to undergo throat surgery, and has been forced to cancel all the shows remaining on her U.S. tour, Columbia Records confirmed on Friday.
The 23-year-old singer is also cancelling all shows and appearances in the UK through the end of the year.
[Adele] is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected. As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments, Columbia explained in a statement obtained by USA Today.
Adele, whose full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, was in the middle of a U.S. tour in support of her latest album, 21, when the singer began complaining of throat problems.
Naturally, the rumor mill in the music world has pointed the finger to Adele's longtime smoking habit.
If I wasn't a singer I still would be smoking 25 a day. Smoking is my favorite thing to do in the world, I am gutted I have had to give up. But I have been tough - no patches, no gum, no hypnotism, she explained to The Sun earlier this month.
Adele is the latest singer to undergo surgery for throat problems. Last Thursday, singer-songwriter John Mayer confirmed that had completed successful throat surgery to treat his granuloma condition.
It's been a very long process in waiting to see if time was an alternative to surgery, but even given two weeks' voice rest . . . there was no change for the better, Mayer wrote on his Tumblr.
Here are some other singers who have suffered from throat problems in the past.