Shakira has pushed back the start date of her world tour for the second time as she battles vocal cord problems.
The Colombian singer moved her El Dorado world tour from November to January, but has now told fans she needs more time to recover and will have to wait until June to start the shows.
She shared a message on Instagram where she explained she’d hoped the first delay would be long enough for her to return to good health.
Shakira said: “Though I very much hoped my vocal cords would recover in time to pick the tour back up in January, and after exploring many options to that effect, I have accepted that this is an injury that simply needs more time and care to heal.
“I feel for all of you who planned ahead to come to these shows and who have been so patient as I took the time needed to figure out the best course of action with my doctors.”
She added: “Thankfully, I am so relieved and happy to share with you that I will be getting back on the road in June 2018 with my El Dorado World Tour in Europe, and the US, with Latin America dates to be announced soon.
“I am very proud of this show; I feel it’s my best yet, since it has a repertoire filled with heartfelt songs and exciting moments of music and dance. I really can’t wait for June!”
She also expressed her thanks for the “prayers and messages of affection and encouragement” from her fans in recent weeks following the injury, and said she is “counting the days till showtime”.
Mother-of-two Shakira said the vocal problems started in November when she started suffering a “strange hoarseness”.
The 40-year-old singer’s tour will be her first in six years, and is her sixth tour.