In 2011, Adele underwent surgery after suffering a vocal cord hemorrhage. It was like “someone put a curtain over my throat…and I could feel it,” she told 60 Minutes of the potentially career-ending injury. “It felt like something popped in my throat.” Not only did the pop star have to cancel a world tour, but she was also forced to change her lifestyle in order to prevent any further damage to her voice. One major habit she had to kick? Smoking.
Now, some five years later, Adele has been able to notice the effects of going cigarette-less, and they aren’t all good — she believes her voice has become less strong as a result. “The people with the best voices, they always smoke,” the English musician recently told Canada’s etalk (via the Hamilton Spectator). “I’ve given up smoking and I’m convinced that’s made my voice weaker.”
While she’s certainly no Freddie Mercury, fans of Adele’s latest smash 25 album would likely say that her voice still has the same lasting power found on 2008’s 19 or 2011’s 21. Not smoking is not completely without its advantages, though. “My fingers ain’t orange anymore,” Adele said, looking at the bright side.
Lately, however, it seems being without cigarettes is the least of Adele’s worries. Shortly after her surgery, she also began to phase pizza, her favorite food, out of her diet because the tomatoes could give her acid reflux. “I can’t eat pizza anymore!” she exclaimed during a recent concert. “How bad is that?”