Celine Dion has canceled all her tour dates for 2023 and 2024 because she is battling a rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome.
“I’m so sorry to disappoint you all once again. I’m working really hard to build my strength back, but I’m 100,” the 55-year-old Canadian singer said in a statement posted on her website. % it can be very difficult to tour.” “It’s not fair of you to postpone the show, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything right now until I Don’t really get ready to get back on stage again. I want you all to know, I am not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!
Dion first revealed the diagnosis to fans in a tearful video last December, when she postponed the European leg of her Courage world tour until August 2023. The tour was set to start in Amsterdam and run through Europe, ending in London in April 2024. The condition, which affects somewhere in 1 to 2 million people worldwide, causes muscle spasms and painful stiffness that worsens over time.
“Unfortunately the spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes making it difficult to walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords,” Dion said in her announcement of the diagnosis. Months of worsening health issues. “I have a great team of doctors working with me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me hope. I am working hard with my Support Medicine Therapist every day to build back my strength and ability to perform again, but I have to admit it has been a struggle.
Dion first spoke about her symptoms in October 2021, when she postponed the start of her Las Vegas residency due to “severe and persistent” muscle cramps. “I’m heartbroken by this,” she said. “My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months, and not being able to open this November saddens me beyond words.”
There is no known cure for stiff person syndrome, but it is treatable through chemical intervention and immunotherapy.
The singer recently appeared in his first film role for the romance film Love Again starring Priyanka Chopra and Sam Heughan. While she released five new songs for the film, she did not appear at any premieres.
In a statement posted on their website, Dion’s team expressed optimism for Dion’s future tours: “We sincerely hope that someday soon, Celine will be able to visit all of these cities in Europe to perform for her amazing fans.” I would be able to come, but that time is just not now.