Poor Kelly Clarkson! It seems she won’t be able to tour this year after all. According to Metro, the “Stronger” singer was forced to cancel the UK and Ireland legs of her now doomed “Piece by Piece” tour.
The CBC reports it’s the same for all eight of her Canadian shows, which were supposed to feature pop singer Nick Jonas as an opening act. The Canadian leg was expected to begin in Ottawa on October 1 and end in Vancouver on October 17. Metro said the UK portion of the tour was scheduled to start in November.
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Clarkson apologized to her international fans through her official website, where she explained the unfortunate turn of events that led to the premature end of her tour.
“I am truly sorry that I have to cancel the remainder of my tour dates. I was so looking forward to sharing this tour with all my amazing fans in Canada and the UK.
‘Unfortunately my doctor is telling me I have to stay on vocal rest, but I am working hard to get better as fast as possible.”
The international round of concert cancellations by Kelly, who’s currently pregnant with her second child, are the second set of cancellations this month. In early September, as reported by New York Daily News, Kelly Clarkson had to nix the remaining American leg of her Piece by Piece tour.
At the time, it seemed this would allow the singer to be rested enough to return for the international branch of the tour. But, on doctor’s orders, that simply won’t be the case for Clarkson.
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BBC News wrote that Kelly’s vocal drama first began after the birth of her first child, River Rose, last year. The sudden loss of her singing voice in the wake of her pregnancy was devastating to the pop icon. Kelly admitted that there was a time when she genuinely feared she’d never be able to perform again.
Clarkson said, “I literally had a moment where I cried and drank wine all day. I was like, ‘Oh, God, I’m not going to be a singer anymore.'”
“I was bawling to my husband and like, completely hammered, just going, ‘Oh my God, it’s over, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I guess I could do more charity work.’
I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
But as Clarkson once sang, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The singer fought hard to get her voice back. She released the album Piece by Piece earlier this year and kicked off her tour in support of the new album in July. Unfortunately, her voice troubles remain a problem.
If vocal rest isn’t enough, she may have to follow the lead of popular British soul singer Adele and opt for vocal surgery. It’s a decision that Kelly Clarkson admitted to Digital Spy frightens her a great deal.
“Vocal surgery would scare the s**t out of me. I wouldn’t like that. But I think it’ll be good for [Adele]. A voice like that, it sounds better when it’s torn. Do you know what I’m saying? It sounds better when it’s raspy.”
Kelly may feel that a singer’s voice loses a unique charm after operation, but if the alternative is never singing again, she may eventually be forced to face her fear head-on for a chance to continue her career.
Clarkson and her fans can only hope it never comes to that and the singer can make a full recovery. Speaking of her fans, they were disappointed at the news that the tour was cancelled. However, many of them expressed sincere support for their idol, wishing her a safe recovery.
According to Metro, tickets will be refunded to concert goers at their “original point of purchase.”
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