Miley Cyrus recently underwent vocal cord surgery after being hospitalized for tonsillitis last month, but doctors discovered another problem during her stay. It turns out Cyrus will need another surgery by the end of the year, followed by “several weeks of silence.” But she’s not the first celebrity to have a major vocal health scare.
Adele underwent vocal node surgery in 2011 and has had to stick to a strict diet regimen ever since to save her voice. She told concert goers that she can no longer eat pizza, “because it’s got cooked tomatoes on it, which are bad for your throat and give you acid reflux,” she continued. “How bad is that, I can’t eat pizza, can you get over that?”
In 2015 Sam Smith enlisted the same surgeon as Adele for his procedure to correct unstable blood vessels in his vocal cords.
Julie Andrews underwent surgery in 1997 after a taxing run in the Broadway show “Victor/Victoria.” The surgery was a failure and turned her four-octave soprano voice to a fragile alto. She sued the hospital and settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in 2000.
Bjork had to cancel shows in 2012 after developing inflamed vocal cord nodules. Although she had been trying to cure the nodules with natural stretching techniques for four years, she eventually got surgery, and after three weeks of silence her cords were “as good as pre-nodule!”
Mariah Carey actually thanks her vocal nodules for allowing her to hit the whistle register notes she is famous for.