Elton John abruptly canceled a concert mid-show in New Zealand last week, and that was all it took for a tabloid to invent a ridiculous story claiming the legend will never sing again. The story is completely false. Gossip Cop can bust it.
A story in the latest National Enquirer asserts that John’s “hard-partying past and illness” have “ravaged his voice.” The tabloid says that after a recent bout with pneumonia, “Elton John’s voice may be silenced forever!” The unreliable outlet quotes a so-called “insider” as saying, “Elton’s voice is nowhere near what it was, and this latest episode has him convinced it may never be the same – even in the recording studio!”
The tabloid explains that John had surgery in 1987 on his vocal cords and acknowledges that John himself has admitted “he never fully recovered his full vocal range.” That much is true. Where the article goes off the rails is the absurd claim that “his history of cocaine abuse and bulimia may have ravaged his voice even further.” The supposed insider goes on to say, “This could spell the end of his career.”
The truth is, John has been sober for almost three decades and the surgery was even longer ago. It’s ridiculous to think those things have anything to do with the pneumonia that caused his recent cancellation. Furthermore, the singer is retiring when his current tour is complete, so the tour is likely the end of his career, but not in the way the tabloid is painting it. Finally, and most damaging for the outlet, John has already resumed his tour.
Here is what really happened: midway through a show in Auckland, a visibly upset John informed the crowd that he couldn’t continue with his show. He took to Twitter to apologize for the cancellation, writing, “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had.” After a few days of bedrest, the “Candle In The Wind” singer hit the stage on February 22nd in Australia. He’s played four shows in the days since, and no other shows have been canceled. In fact, he’s even added dates to the British leg of the tour later this summer.
The Enquirer has been wrong about this kind of thing before. In November, the tabloid claimed Miley Cyrus would never sing again due to vocal cord surgery. Gossip Cop debunked the false claim after explaining that while Cyrus did have surgery and was resting her voice at the time, there was never any indication that she wouldn’t fully recover. Cyrus has since taken the stage again, most recently joining former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger on stage to sing his group’s “Roadhouse Blues.” This publication should stop voicing its baseless theories about singers losing their voices.
Elton John on Twitter: “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry.” 16 Feb. 2020
“Elton John takes to stage in Melbourne as Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour continues.” New Zealand Herald, 25 Feb. 2020.
Scott, Hugh. “Miley Cyrus Will Never Sing Again After Vocal Cord Surgery?” Gossip Cop, 21 Nov. 2019.
“Miley Cyrus Performs ‘Roadhouse Blues’ With The Doors’ Robby Krieger.” YouTube, 9 Feb. 2020
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.