Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia was close to ending her music career last year (04) following voice-threatening surgery.

The TORN star risked permanently damaging her voice after having the operation to remove nodules which had developed on her vocal chords.

Fortunately, there were no side effects and the dark-haired beauty is about to release her third album, COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS.

Imbruglia, 30, says, "It was only last year I finally plucked up the courage to have surgery to remove them.

"Now I can't believe I lived with that terrible anxiety for so many years."

16/02/2005 17:42