Singer Adele leaving the BBC Radio One studios after promoting her new single on Chris Moyles' breakfast show in London, UK.

Singer Adele leaving the BBC Radio One studios after promoting her new single on Chris Moyles' breakfast show in London, UK.

British singer Adele worried she would never be able to sing again after contracting a throat illness which meant she had to cancel part of her US tour earlier this year.

The 23 year-old was diagnosed with laryngitis in May and was forced to head home to the UK to recover.

But despite the Someone Like You hitmaker making a spectacular comeback at London's iTunes Festival recently, she admits she feared the illness would affect her voice forever.

Speaking backstage after her performance, she told presenters Alexa Chung and Dave Berry: "It's 99.9 per cent better so I'm really, really chuffed.

"I was just saying I thought I wouldn't be able to ever sing again about a month ago, so I'm really relieved. And it went great and my voice isn't hurting, so I'm just really pleased."