Sam Smith poses with giant teddy bear as he says laryngitis is ‘kicking my ass’

Singer updates fans on throat condition that caused him to cancel Italian concert

Sam Smith has said laryngitis is “kicking my ass” after cancelling a show in Milan on Monday (March 9).

Smith posted a photo of himself posing with a giant teddy bear on Instagram, with the caption: “Laryngitis is kicking my ass right now. The only thing getting me through is this teddy bear which is bigger than me.”

The singer, who has won four Grammys and two Brits this year for his album In The Lonely Hour, said he will play his concert in Milan in June. In a series of tweets, he said: “I’m so upset. I’m sorry to any fans in Milan and all those who have traveled from abroad. I promise I will make it up to you. I’m back in June and I will sing the hardest I’ve ever sung. That is a promise.”

Smith’s next scheduled date is the first show of his nine-date UK tour at Glasgow O2 Academy on Monday (March 16). He is also due to play at Wild Life, T In The Park and V festivals.

This week, Smith released a new version of his debut single Lay Me Down featuring John Legend in aid of Comic Relief, which is No 1 in the midweek chart. Smith said: “It makes me so happy to see so much support for my Red Nose Day single.”

Sam Smith will play:
Glasgow O2 Academy (March 16-17)
Manchester O2 Apollo (19-20)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22-23)
Brixton O2 Academy (25-27)