Global pop star Shakira has delayed her world tour for the second time due to health concerns. The Latin singer, who damaged her vocal cords during a rehearsal, said she needed more time for her natural instrument to heal.
On Dec. 27, Shakira announced on social media that she would have to push back the beginning of her El Dorado World Tour from January 2018 until June 2018, a full six months.
"Though I very much hoped my vocal cords would recover 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 wrote in an online post, according to HuffPost.
"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," the singer added.
Shakira was originally scheduled to kick off her world tour on Nov. 8 in Cologne, Germany. She postponed the performance a day before the date and fully disclosed on Nov. 14 that she had damaged her voice during rehearsals.
"Towards the end of October ... in the home stretch of my rehearsals, I felt a strange hoarseness that impeded my singing," Shakira explained in a social media post. "The doctors, upon examination, detected that I had suffered a hemorrhage on my right vocal cord."
Shakira's representatives issued an official statement offering assurances to her fans that she will make her return to the stage in 2018, KTRK reports.
"Though it has been a difficult time for Shakira, she is on her way towards recovering her voice fully," the statement read.
"While disappointed to not be able to performance in January as scheduled, Shakira is happy to be able to get back on the road by summer with her best show yet, and remains incredibly grateful for all the loyalty, patience and support her fans have shown her," the press release concluded.
Shakira will now begin her tour across the U.S. in August 2018, with Chicago serving as her first stop, according to Billboard.
Tickets already purchased for the concerts will still be valid, but fans will be allotted a refund if the postponement derails their ability to attend.
Shakira is among the most popular singers on the international stage, with a staggeringly large fan base on social media. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she was honored by the Guinness Book of World Records for her Facebook profile receiving more "likes" than anyone else in the world.