Adele has been a powerhouse singer since she arrived on the scene in 2008. Her sweet voice and her ability to sing have been her life since she was small. Her career was on the fast track to superstardom, and by 2011 she had already broken several records with her first two albums.
And then one day in early February of 2011, her voice did not work.
Doctors blamed the flu and called it a case of laryngitis. After resting her voice for several weeks, she came back, seemingly as powerful as ever, and resumed her career. Everything appeared to be fine. Until one day she was singing on a radio show and felt something in her throat pop. She knew right away that something was wrong. She later said it felt like someone had pulled a curtain over her voice. She rushed back to the doctors, and surgery was scheduled. Her tour dates were cancelled, as well as all her other appearances for the rest of 2011. She was not allowed to speak and had to write everything down. Eventually she found an app on her phone that would speak whatever she typed. All so that she did not have to use her voice and risk damaging it even more. She apologized to her fans, saying she was doing what was absolutely necessary to avoid losing her voice forever.
With such extreme measures, it was not long before everyone started assuming the worst. The Adele throat cancer rumors were rampant.
Cancer Suspicions It is common knowledge that Adele smokes. She does not try to hide it. So of course, when she started having voice trouble, everyone jumped to the conclusion of a possible Adele throat cancer scare. Simple laryngitis would not require such desperate measures to recover from. Immediately an outcropping of support came pouring in. A twitter account tagged PrayforAdele was created, and the world waited with baited breath for a confirmation or denial of the Adele throat cancer rumors.
The TruthWhile there is always the possibility of throat cancer when one smokes, that was not Adele’s problem. Her reps cleared things up by adamantly stating over and over again that Adele had a vocal hemorrhage, which is actually fairly common in singers. John Mayer and Steven Tyler both had the exact same surgery that Adele did, and recovered completely. Although Adele’s smoking does makes her more susceptible to a vocal hemorrhage, because it puts more pressure on the vocal chords, weakening them over time. Adele underwent throat surgery in Boston by the same doctor that operated on Steven Tyler, and then she spent quite a while resting outside of the public eye. Meanwhile her doctors announced the surgery a success and said she would make a full recovery.
While there are still the Adele throat cancer rumors are still floating around, and probably will be for quite some time, she made her post-surgery debut at the 2012 Grammy Awards, and her voice sounded as amazing as ever. Not to mention that she took home six Grammys that night.