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Thursday 21 August 2014

Sykes had panic attack before op

Nathan Sykes of The Wanted is back after throat surgery

The Wanted's Nathan Sykes has admitted he had a panic attack before having throat surgery.

The 20-year-old singer told E! News that he was devastated when he heard he had to have an operation to repair a haemorrhaging vocal cord and suffered the anxiety attack before going under the knife in April.

Nathan said the support of the band's fans helped him get through the ordeal.

He said: "The fans have been incredible. They really kept me going. They were always online going 'How you doing? How you doing?' but I didn't want to say too much because they were always like 'When you back?'. That was always the first question and I didn't want to say specific dates just in case I didn't make it. I had to see the doctor before my first performance and if he said no I didn't want to let anyone down."

The star said things are now looking up.

"I'm feeling a lot better than I did two months ago. Let's just put it that way," he said.

Earlier this month Nathan made his first appearance on stage after recovering from the surgery when he joined his bandmates at London's Wembley Stadium to open the Capital FM Summertime Ball and he said it was "amazing".

"I have a lot more control of my voice now and I know when it's tired... and I know what I have to do to not make it sound bad," he went on.

The singer is also starring in the band's new E! reality series The Wanted Life.

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