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John Mayer Reveals The Horrors Of Vocal Cord Crisis: Loads Of Botox Injections In Throat, Months Of Muteness

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Mar. 26 2013, Published 2:11 p.m. ET

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John Mayer is ready to speak up about the horrors of his two-year long vocal cord drama, which almost cost him his career!

The singer/songwriter, who recently split from Katy Perry, opens up to Billboard about his harrowing medical ordeal, which forced him to take an extremely long break from performing and left him mute for months at a time – and has the details.

"I thought I'd just take a pill and it would go away, but the problem got worse and worse and grew and grew," Mayer revealed about his condition, which doctors attempted to treat by injecting massive amounts of Botox into his throat to shut down his vocal cords, leaving them paralyzed for weeks and Mayer without a voice.

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“I probably had contiguously three, maybe four months of not saying a word,” he explains. “The endurance was touch for me, but I started a new life.”

Mayer had to creatively communicate using technology.

"I was forced to type on my iPad to communicate anything. It wasn't liberating. Is breaking your leg liberating? No. All complexity is gone when you don't have a choice.”

After struggling with the reality of the situation, the Grammy award winner came to terms with the possibility of never being able to sing again.

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"I spent so long being terrorized, I had all but shut down the fantasy of playing music again-just so I could, you know, survive," he explained.

Without having to go under the knife, Mayer’s condition improved and he is now back in action.

“It’s hard to believe that I’m healed, but just to make sure, I keep going back every two weeks for a look, and it’s the same – if not better,” he says about his reinstated voice.

"The greatest gift I now have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again," Mayer said. "My dreams were in escrow, but when I found out these things in my throat had receded, the most exciting thing for me was having a second chance at a new life. My dreams have come true twice. That’s really cool."

For more on John Mayer, pick up the latest issue of Billboard.



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