Sam Smith undergoing vocal surgery
Sam Smith is set to undergo surgery on his vocal chords, leaving him unable to sing for six to eight weeks.
The 'Stay With Me' hitmaker - who had to cancel a string of Australian shows last month due to a haemorrhage on his vocal chords - has taken to his social media accounts to tell his fans he is "upset" that he won't be able to sing for a while.
Alongside a picture on Instagram, he wrote: "Bad news. I have my operation booked for next week, so getting really nervous. But by doing this in 8 weeks time I'm gonna be able to sing like never before so it's worth it. I am so sorry to all. Dreading the next month thou, I can't speak for THREE WEEKS after the op. (sic)"
His Twitter post, which was in the form of a picture read: "Dear all: I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal chords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven't recovered and I am going to need surgery. I am so gutted to be missing all of the shows and events I was meant to be playing at. The doctors say I will be back in 6 to 8 weeks and I can't wait to sing to you all soon. (sic)"
The news comes as the multiple Grammy award-winning artist confirmed he was to fly to America for surgery.
The 23-year-old singer is yet to comment on whether he will be well enough to perform forthcoming scheduled shows, which include sets at Wild Life Festival in June and T in the Park in August.