Shakira was supposed to kick off the El Dorado World Tour in Cologne, Germany on November 8, but she had to postpone the show (and a couple of dates immediately after it) due to vocal chord damage. It turns out the situation is more serious than first thought and the Colombian superstar has had to put the whole European leg on hold. “For the last five months I’ve been wholly dedicated to preparing my El Dorado World Tour,” the 40-year-old wrote on Facebook. “However, these past few days, just before my first concerts, have been the hardest of my career.”
“Towards the end of October… I felt a strange hoarseness that impeded my singing,” she explained. “The doctors, upon examination, detected that I had suffered a hemorrhage on my right vocal cord. I then went on vocal rest as recommended by the specialists in an attempt to recover in time for my first show in Cologne. Unfortunately the hemorrhage doesn’t appear to have reabsorbed and my nightmare continues. At the moment I find myself in a difficult battle as I try to fully recover.”
“In all the years I’ve been singing, I’ve never been faced with situation like this,” Shakira continues. “As such, and with a heavy heart, I must announce that I find myself obliged to postpone my European tour until 2018, to allow my body several necessary weeks, dedicated to my complete recovery. Thanks to my fans throughout the world for their understanding and loyalty, for all the encouraging messages and affection they’ve transmitted to me, and for their prayers.” Read the full letter here.
This article was originally published by: Idolator