Shakira cancels tour, hopes for June return

Singer Shakira attending the Disney Premiere of Zootopia in Hollywood, California on Feb 17, 2016.
Singer Shakira attending the Disney Premiere of Zootopia in Hollywood, California on Feb 17, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Colombian pop star Shakira on Wednesday (Dec 27) cancelled the remainder of her world tour because of a problem with her vocal cords and said she hoped to be back on stage in June of next year.

"Though I very much hoped to be able to recover my vocal cords in time to pick the tour back up in January, and after exploring many options to that effect, I have accepted that this is an injury that simply needs more time and care to heal," Shakira said in a statement on her website.

The Hips Don't Lie star cancelled the European leg of her El Dorado World Tour in November.

She said she hoped to resume the tour in June 2018 with concerts in Europe, the United States and Latin America.

"I feel for all of you who planned ahead to come to these shows and who have been so patient as I took the time needed to figure out the best course of action with my doctors," Shakira said.

"I really can't wait for June!" she added. "I promise to give you all of me and more from the minute I get on that stage and I am counting the days till showtime!"