Jessie J says she’s had to take a break from singing as a result of nodules that developed on her vocal cords after she began treatment for Meniere’s disease.
The British pop star, 33, posted a selfie video Friday on Instagram tearfully singing her new single, “I Want Love.” In her caption, she explained how her health issues are affecting her singing career.
“I was asked to send a speech therapist a video of me singing something quietly, so she could hear my voice… The first song I sang was I want love. Just hearing myself sing it and feel so vulnerable whilst singing bought me to tears,” she wrote.
The Grammy-nominated artist revealed last December that she’d been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear that can cause severe dizziness, tinnitus and hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Diseases (NIDCD).
She explained in her post that she hasn’t been able to sing the song since she recorded it because of the pain caused by the vocal nodules. “Man it’s been hard not singing. It’s literally my life line and my happiness. Being quiet is not something I’m good at. Or makes me feel like myself,” she wrote, adding. “Lord knows I’m loud af”