Grammy award winner Sam Smith has announced he is preparing to have voice surgery to treat his haemorrhaged vocal cords.
The Stay With Me hitmaker, who recently revealed he was "vocally exhausted", will undergo the procedure after the condition forced him to cancel a slew of dates on his Australian tour.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Smith explained that although he has been "been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven't recovered and I am going to need surgery".
He said that although he was "gutted" he would be out of action for six to eight weeks, he could not "wait to sing for you all".
Smith added: "I have my operation booked for the 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 sorry to all. Dreading the next month thou, I can't speak for three weeks after the op."
The news comes days after the 22-year-old jetted into Los Angeles for a doctor's visit regarding the haemorrhage on his vocal chords.
In addition to his Australian tour, and upcoming shows in Japan and Manila, Philippines, the chart-topper has also cancelled his appearances at the Hangout Festival in Alabama on 15 May and at Rock in Rio in Las Vegas. His performance at Radio 1's Big Weekend will no longer go ahead.
The singing sensation is not alone. In 2011, singing sensation Adele had throat surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Centre in Boston, after the same ailment forced her to cancel all her live dates. Although she made a full recovery, the songstress was unable to perform for months.