Shakira has been forced to cancel her current European tour, after suffering a haemorrhage on her vocal chords.
After postponing the opening night of her huge world tour in Cologne (November 7) – along with dates scheduled for Paris, Antwerp and Amsterdam – the Colombian popstar has cancelled all remaining dates and rescheduled them for 2018.
The singer took to social media to break the news to fans, describing how the first few shows were “some of the hardest of my career.”
— Shakira (@shakira) November 14, 2017
“Unfortunately the hemorrhage doesn’t appear to have reabsorbed and my nightmare continues,” Shakira said in the post. “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.”
Going on to say that she needs to dedicate time to recover properly, the singer says that the tour will restart in 2018. She signs off by telling fans: “I love all of you very much and I will always remember those who have been by my side during this time, offering their friendship and affection.’
Last week, Shakira was named in the Paradise Papers investigation into tax avoidance. Other celebrities implicated include disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Nicole Kidman, and Martha Stewart.
See Shakira’s full statement below.
To my friends 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 some of 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.
For my team of 60 plus people who have worked day and night until the last day to help me put together the best show of my artistic career, and who, like myself, are anxious to begin this tour.
For my kids who were excited to see their mom in concert as soon as possible.
And above all, for my fans, who have always been by my side through the good and the bad, and who deserve the best of me.
In all the years I’ve been singing, I’ve never been faced with a situation like this.
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.
I hope to overcome this difficult trial and to return to the stage as soon as possible, to once again hear your voices singing along with mine.
I love all of you very much and I will always remember those who have been by my side during this time, offering their friendship and affection.