Adele cancels final two shows of tour due to vocal cord damage
'I'm devastated,' she wrote in an emotional letter to fans
Adele has canceled the final two dates of her tour, a decision she was “devastated” to announce.
After performing 121 shows over the last 16 months, the British singer was set to close out her worldwide tour supporting her Grammy-winning 25 this weekend with two sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. However, following medical advice after being diagnosed with damaged vocal cords, the Grammy and Oscar winner has decided to cancel the shows.
The chanteuse announced the decision on Twitter with an emotional and heartfelt letter. “To not complete this milestone in my career is something I’m struggling to get my head around and I wish that I wasn’t having to write this,” she wrote. “I have changed my life drastically in every way to make sure I got through this tour that started at the beginning of last year. To not be able to finish it, is something I’m really struggling to come to terms with. It’s as if my whole career has been building up to these four shows.”
The singer explained she had been struggling vocally the last two nights, writing, “I had to push a lot harder than I normally do. I felt like I constantly had to clear my throat, especially my vocal cords.” Adele went to visit her doctor and was told she had damaged her vocal cords and should not perform her final shows on July 1 and 2.
“To say I’m heart broken would be a complete understatement,” she continued, explaining she considered trying to push through Saturday’s show, realizing, though, “it’s highly unlikely I’d even make it through the set.” Lip-syncing, or “miming” as she put it in her letter, was also something she debated, “But I’ve never done it and I cannot in a million years do that to you. It wouldn’t be the real me up there.”
Adele apologized profusely and multiple times for the unfortunate circumstances, writing, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for your disappointment. I’m sorry for the nights you would have had with your loved ones and the memories you would have made together. I’m sorry for the time and money you’ve spent organizing your trips. You know I would not make this decision lightly.”
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Promising full refunds in the case she isn’t able to reschedule the shows, she concluded repeating her apology and disappointment in the circumstances: “I’m devastated. I’m sorry. I love you. I’m so sorry. Please forgive me x.”
Adele’s fans were quick to react on Twitter with an outpouring of support and love. Many stressed “your health comes first” and sent messages of well wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery.
See a selection of tweets from fans below.