British singer and songwriter Sam Smith is finally speaking again after three weeks. “I CAN SPEAK AGAIN!!!!!!!!” wrote the 23-year-old singer on his Instagram, along with a picture of Ariel from Disney's 1989 animated film "The Little Mermaid.”
The “Lay Me Down” singer was on a three-week talking ban following surgery to correct a minor hemorrhage on his vocal cords. He was also forced to cancel his Australian tour due to the surgery. The singer has rescheduled his Australian dates and will now return to the country in late November. The pre-sale of tickets kicks off June 11, followed by a general sale June 17.
Smith was forced to cancel first of three Sydney dates in April, along with the remaining dates across Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. He was also scheduled to appear for the Australian television industry awards, the TV Week Logie Awards, on May 3 but had to cancel it too. The singer said at that time that he was "vocally exhausted" and doctors put him on a 10 days vocal rest.
“The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal chords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue. I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets, I truly am,” said the singer on his Instagram at that time. "This kills me," he added. He kept in touch with his fans through Instagram by posting various updates of his health.
The singer shared a picture of his doctor on Instagram, thanking him. "Completely overwhelmed. Thank you so much Doctor Zeitels for everything," he wrote on Instagram. The singer also credited the doctor for “truly saving him” and called him an “amazing man.” He also mentioned that he truly missed speaking during his vocal rest and realized how important singing is to him.
Meanwhile, check out his tour dates below:
Saturday, November 28 - Perth Arena
Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Friday, Dec. 4 - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday, Dec. 12 - Entertainment Centre, Brisbane