Grammy Award winner Regina Belle has been forced to take the rest of 2009 off after undergoing surgery for a mystery illness.The American singer reveals she is currently recuperating from the first of two planned operations to treat "an undetected illness".
In a letter to her fans, Belle, 45, says, "I have had the first of two surgeries to correct my illness and because 'God is good' the first surgery went wonderfully!"
She admits there is a long recovery period ahead of her as she prepares to go under the knife once more - but she is confident she will bounce back from her health problems and is putting her faith in God.
She adds, "The healing time requires no singing or flying for a three month period... My second surgery will take place in six months, and I will have another two month recovery period... I really believe that God heals!"