Last June we started hearing about Adele‘s throat problems when she was forced to start canceling her concert dates. As the year continued and she tried to reschedule her dates, her throat problems got worse … to the point where she had to cancel her world tour altogether and undergo surgery. Adele has been quietly recuperating for the past few months but is scheduled to make her return to the performance stage this weekend at the Grammy Awards. Adele sat down with Anderson Cooper to talk about her throat surgery on 60 Minutes (which also airs this weekend, right before the Grammys) and you can preview her interview below.
She couldn’t talk, but she could still curse a blue streak. Chart-topping singer Adele, under orders to be silent for weeks after throat surgery, found an app that would allow her phone to voice the spicy language she typed into it. That’s one of the stories the British singer, who is up for six Grammys Sunday night, tells Anderson Cooper in her first interview since that surgery, which she discusses for the first time. Adele will also sing for Cooper in her first public performance since the operation in a 60 MINUTES profile to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 12 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. “[Not speaking] was really hard,” says Adele. “I love talking.” So she began writing on a pad to communicate after her operation but also found a phone app she was especially pleased with. “I also had an application on my phone that you type the words into it and then it speaks it,” she tells Cooper. “But the great thing is I love to swear. “Most of [the apps] you can’t swear on, but I found this one app where you can swear, so I’m still really getting my point across.” Adele’s second album, “21,” has not only sold nearly 17 million copies worldwide, but stayed atop the charts for longer than any album has for almost 20 years. She was at the beginning of what could be a fantastic career, until her voice just “went” while she was singing live on French radio. “Like someone put a curtain over my throat…and I could feel it. It felt like something popped in my throat,” says Adele. She found out she had a polyp on her vocal chord that had hemorrhaged. “I had laser surgery. [They] put lasers down your throat, cut off the polyp, and kind of laser your hemorrhage back together and fix it,” says the singer. Now she says she has never felt more confident in her singing and she demonstrates her voice for 60 MINUTES cameras — the first time since the surgery last November that she has sung for an audience. But she realizes now her voice has its limits and she could re-injure her vocal chords again through over use. “If I decide to go on a 200-date world tour, it would happen again,” Adele says.
Damn … throat surgery is pretty scary, especially if you’re a singer. A laser in the wrong doctor’s hands could end your career for ever. It’s good to hear that Adele is on the mend and ready to get back to the performance stage … she will likely pick up a LOT of awards this weekend at the Grammy Awards. It looks like this 60 Minutes interview took place before Karl Lagerfeld made his idiotic comments about her weight so I doubt she’ll have a response in this interview … which is for the best, I think. She doesn’t need to respond to anything disparaging that Lagerfeld has to say about her. She just needs to focus on taking care of her voice … and collecting all of her Grammy awards :)