Singer Sam Smith appears to be in good spirits after vocal surgery that will leave the rising star silent for weeks.
The British soul sensation, who enjoyed a meteoric rise thanks to his hit Stay With Me, underwent surgery at a US clinic after doctors detected a hemorrhage in his vocal cords.
Smith posted on Instagram a photo of himself after the operation in a wheelchair next to a grinning nurse and offered a one-word caption: “Flying.”
“Just woken up from op. I’m high on pain killers and listening to Whitney Houston hahahahaha,” he wrote on Twitter.
Smith, who turns 23 next week, earlier said that he would not be able to speak – let alone sing – for three weeks and canceled a string of upcoming shows.
He thanked fans for messages of support, saying: “Makes me emotional to know I have so many people wishing me well.”
He did not say where the surgery took place, but posted pictures on social media in recent days of stops around New York.
He also posted pictures from Boston, and several fans reported seeing him there ahead of the surgery.
The Briton, who just a few years ago was a bartender in London, has maintained a punishing touring schedule as he gained a global following through Stay With Me, a tender ballad about a one-night stand.
Smith was the big winner at the Grammys in February, winning in three of the four most prestigious categories.
When Sam had to cancel his shows in late April, he tweeted this to his fans: “I am deeply, deeply saddened to tell my Australian fans, I have to cancel my Australian tour. I have been vocally exhausted for a while now however last night in Sydney I had a small haemorrhage on my vocal chords. The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal chords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue. I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets, I truly am. This kills me.”