Could the damage be irreversible?
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
After a gruelling fifteen month world tour, Adele returned to her hometown set to perform four final gigs for her fellow Londoners.
However, just a day after she told audiences all about her chin hair and chicken nugget cravings, Adele took to Instagram with the devastating news that she was unable to perform the final two dates of her tour at Wembley Stadium.
The 29 year-old wrote in an emotional post to fans that she was ‘so desperate’ to do right by her fans that she had ‘even considered miming’.
‘I went to see my throat doctor this evening because my voice didn’t open up at all today and it turns out I have damaged my vocal chords,’ she explained.
‘And on medical advice I simply am unable to perform. To say I’m heartbroken would be a complete understatement. I’m sorry. I’m devastated. I’m sorry. I love you I’m so sorry. Please forgive me.’
Adele appears to have pushed her voice too hard during her two nights at the Wembley venue, and although many fans have expressed their heartbreak at not being able to see her perform, it is thought that Adele is terrified that the vocal damage could be permanent.
During one of her final shows, she told the crowd: ‘It feels like I’ve got a dead rat in my throat.’
But she carried on, and now it seems that she might have pushed herself too far.
A source told The Sun: ‘Adele was desperate to do the tour for her fans and her team did everything they could to protect her voice.
‘The dates were spaced out so she could recover between shows, and she followed a plan put in place by vocal coaches to the letter.
‘But when she struggled in the earlier gigs – even admitting at one point her throat felt like it had ‘a dead rat in it’ – she pushed right through the pain, and that may have done irreversible damage.
‘In her camp, the fear is not that she won’t tour again. The fear is that she won’t be able to sing again.’