Delta Goodrem lost control of her speech while making new album

As a complication of surgery to remove a salivary gland

Delta Goodrem has taken to social media to reveal that she lost ability to control her speech while making her forthcoming album, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Dreams.’

Goodrem revealed that her new single, ‘Paralysed,’ was written following the literal paralysis of her tongue.

This occurred after a nerve was damaged, a complication following surgery to remove a salivary gland.


The procedure happened in October 2018. According to the video, there is no telling when or if a nerve will recover after damage.

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As a songwriter, I write songs from my own experiences. I tell stories about the path I have been on, wondering if anyone else has been on a similar journey. The first step in writing this new record was a personal transformation that I didn't know I needed in my life! Even though, as I am sharing today, it was a challenging one – I learned so much and I’m so grateful to be here healthy, happy and singing away 🙂 ⠀ ⠀ I share this with you as an artist sharing where the poetry in this song comes from and as a human who deeply feels and understands that everyone has their own story and their own challenges they are overcoming each day. You never know what someone is going through and this is an extremely hard time for people. So I send this story to you with the message of hope and love. Getting through the tough times is hard, but “with a little time and a little hope, with a little light you never know. For a little space, for a lot of love, close your eyes and think of a better time, big dreams; open your mind for you to find a little strength inside. Stop and rewind”. ⠀ ⠀ Love & Light, Delta Xx

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“My livelihood is my sound,” a crying Goodrem says through slurred speech in the video.

She then reveals that she underwent six months of daily speech therapy in an effort to regain control of her speech.

“I still am a bit confused at how it feels a little bit different to sing now,” Goodrem said.

“I’m still finding that new space.”


In the caption for the video, Goodrem wrote: “As a songwriter, I write songs from my own experiences.

“I tell stories about the path I have been on, wondering if anyone else has been on a similar journey.”

This isn’t the first time the public has seen Goodrem endure a serious health scare.

In 2003, an 18-year-old Goodrem revealed that she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

‘Bridge Over Troubled Dreams’ is set for release later this year. ‘Paralysed’ is the second single from the album, following ‘Keep Climbing.’