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The 23-year-old chart topper tells Anderson Cooper in her first post-surgery interview about the day her voice went out.
"It felt like someone put a curtain over my throat," the Grammy nominee tells 60 Minutes of the fateful French radio performance. "It felt like something popped in my throat."
After being evaluated by medical professionals, Adele discovered a polyp on her vocal chords had begun to hemorrhage. She flew to the United States in November to have the specialized surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital's Voice Center.
"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."
After the successful surgery, the "Someone Like You" singer was unable to speak, so she wrote on a notepad until she found a more tech-savvy way to communicate with her family and friends.
"I had an application on my phone that you type the words into it and then it speaks it," says Adele, who was recently spotted vacationing in the Florida Everglades with her new boyfriend Simon Konecki.
"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."
And it seems there's one person in particular who may be worthy of some cursing from the singer these days. Earlier this week, designer Karl Lagerfeld issued a low blow when he called Adele "a little too fat" during an interview. However, he was quick to apologize for his harsh words.
"I'd like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article, it changes the meaning of the thought," the designer told the Metro on Feb. 8. "I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can't wait for her next CD."
Adele is scheduled to perform next at the 2012 Grammy Awards this Sunday, Feb. 12.