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Adele Finally Opens Up About Career-Threatening Vocal Surgery

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The world hasn't heard much from Adele since her throat operation in November 2011 — until now.

In her first post-surgery interview with 60 Minutes, the "Rolling in the Deep" singer opens up to Anderson Cooper about the day her voice simply "went" out.

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"It felt like someone put a curtain over my throat," the British star said of her French radio performance. "It felt like something popped in my throat."

After meeting with medical professionals, Adele learned she had a polyp on her vocal chord that had hemorrhaged. "I had laser surgery. [They] put lasers down your throat, cut off the polyp, and kind of laser your hemorrhage back together and fix it."

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Following the procedure, the Grammy Award nominee, 23, was forced to write messages on a notepad to communicate — until she found a better method of delivery.

"I had an application on my phone that you type the words into it and then it speaks it," says Adele, who recuperated with a vacation to the Florida Everglades with new beau Simon Konecki in January. "But the great thing is I love to swear. Most of [the apps] you can't swear on, but I found this one app where you can swear, so I'm still really getting my point across."

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Adele is schedule to make her return to the stage at Sunday's Grammy Awards, though she's wary of pushing her vocals too far. "If I decide to go on a 200-date world tour, it would happen again," she says.

60 Minutes' full interview with Adele airs Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on CBS.

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