Shakira looks under the weather as she emerges for the first time since postponing the entire European leg of her world tour after suffering a haemorrhage to her vocal cord
The Colombian sensation took to Twitter on Tuesday to apologize to her fans after postponing the entire Europena leg of her El Dorado world tour, saying she has a ‘heavy heart’ but must stop singing to recover.
‘All the years I’ve been signing, I’ve never been faced with a situation like this,’ she wrote in statements in both English and Spanish. She says she can’t wait to be back onstage and ‘hear your voices singing along with mine.’
Shakira was due start her tour in Germany last Wednesday, but was forced to pull out of the opening show to avoid further damaging her voice.
She was hoping to make a full recovery ahead of her next scheduled concert in Paris on November 10.
However, on Monday she issued a statement revealing the extent of the damage to her right vocal cord, while apologizing to her fans, children and team not being able to perform for them.
The Hips Don’t Lie hitmaker has now decided to reschedule the run until 2018 on doctor’s advice.
In a lengthy note to her followers posted on Instagram, she wrote: ‘To my friend and fans, for the last five months I’ve been wholly dedicated to preparing my El Dorado World Tour.
‘However, these past few days, just before my first concerts, have been the hardest of my career.
‘At the end of July I went for a routine checkup, before starting to design this tour and my doctor confirmed that my vocal cords were in perfect condition.’
‘Towards the end of October though, in the home stretch of my rehearsals, I felt a strange hoarseness that impeded my singing.
‘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.
‘It pains me not to be able to sing this month, for those have done even the impossible to get tickets and accompany me throughout the different countries of Europe.