After announcing the cancellation of her "El Dorado Tour"'s opening concert (November 8), and postponing four other shows thereafter, Shakira is forced to postpone all European tour stops to rest and fully recover from a suffered hemorrhage on her vocal cords. 

The Colombian superstar took to social media once again with the news, penning an open letter to her fans via Instagram and her personal home site on Tuesday morning (November 14). 

"For the last five months I’ve been wholly dedicated to preparing my 'El Dorado World Tour.' However, these past few days, just before my first concerts, have been some of the hardest of my career," she said of the recently developed strain on her right vocal cord. "Unfortunately the hemorrhage doesn’t appear to have reabsorbed and my nightmare continues. At the moment I find myself in a difficult battle as I try to fully recover." 

She added: "It pains me not to be able to sing this month, for those have done even the impossible to get tickets and accompany me throughout the different countries of Europe."

Shakira went on to thank her team, family members and especially her fans for understanding and sticking by her though the good and bad. In the end, she confirmed she will not be touring until further notice.

"As such, and with a heavy heart, I must announce that I find myself obliged to postpone my European tour until 2018, to allow my body several necessary weeks, dedicated to my complete recovery."

Read her statement in Spanish below, and her full statement in English here

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