Culture Club star Boy George has broken his silence after the group was forced to cancel U.K. and U.S. tour dates earlier this month (Nov14) when the singer was diagnosed with polyps on his vocal chords.

The Karma Chameleon hitmaker has been ordered by specialists not to sing, prompting his bandmates to announce the cancellation of all upcoming reunion shows.

A spokesperson for the group previously stated George and the band were "devastated" by the news, and now the singer has opened up about his health battle, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "The doctor tells me singing would cause irreparable damage, and that's not a risk I am prepared to take. He put a camera down my throat, and it transpired that I have an enlarged polyp which has haemorrhaged. So everything is on hold until it gets better. I don't know how long that will take, and to say I am devastated barely touches how I feel.

"I'd been having trouble with my voice for some months, but in true British fashion I ignored it, thinking the problem might just be tiredness, hoping it would go away."

The group hopes to reschedule all the dates to 2015.