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.
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John Mayer had successful throat surgery to treat granuloma, the singer confirmed on his Tumblr account last week. The 34-year-old singer is expected to be out of the spotlight for several weeks to focus on his recovery. REUTERS
Steven Tyler's people want Jason Whitlock to apologize for harsh remarks about Tyler's AFC Championship singing performance. REUTERS
Fresh off a summer 2011 tour, R&B singer R. Kelly underwent emergency throat surgery in Chicago, where an abscess on one of his tonsils was drained. REUTERS
In August 2010, Justin Bieber almost didn’t make it to his sold out Madison Square Garden show due to a throat infection. But Beliebers and those who watched his 2011 documentary, “Never Say Never,” know that the 17-year-old superstar recovered and took to the stage that night. REUTERS
In 2009, Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch announced that he had throat cancer and had to have surgery to remove a tumor from his left parotid gland. REUTERS
The legendary Julie Andrews underwent surgery to remove non-cancerous nodules from her throat in 1998, only to find out the surgery had gone wrong. The singer filed a malpractice suit the following year, citing that her voice was never fully restored. REUTERS