Celine Dion cancels tour dates due to neurological disorder | Celine Dion

Celine Dion

The Canadian singer has announced the cancellation of the European leg of her Courage World Tour as she continues to struggle with stiff person syndrome

Celine Dion has canceled all of her 2023 and 2024 tour dates as she continues to deal with a rare neurological disorder known as Stiff Person Syndrome.

“I’m so sorry to disappoint you all once again. I’m working very hard to rebuild my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re at 100%,” the 55-year-old Canadian singer said in a statement. posted on his website. “It’s not fair for you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s better that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to go back up. on stage. I want you all to know that I’m not giving up…and I can’t wait to see you again!

Dion first revealed the diagnosis in a tearful video to fans last December, when she postponed the European leg of her Courage World Tour until August 2023. The tour was scheduled to start in Amsterdam and cross Europe, ending in London in April 2024. The disease, which affects between 1 and 2 million people worldwide, causes muscle spasms and painful stiffness that gets worse over time.

“Unfortunately, the spasms affect all aspects of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulty when walking and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing as I normally do,” Dion said in her announcement. diagnosis, which came after months of worsening health problems. “I have a great team of doctors working by my side to help me get better and my precious children who support me and give me hope. I work hard with my supportive medicine therapist every day to rebuild my strength and my ability to perform again, but I have to admit it was a struggle.

Dion first spoke about her symptoms in October 2021, when she postponed the start of her residency in Las Vegas due to what she described as “severe and persistent” muscle spasms. “I am heartbroken by this,” she said. “My team and I have been working on our new show for eight months, and not being able to open in November saddens me beyond words.”

There is no known cure for stiff person syndrome, but it can be treated with chemical intervention and immune therapies.

The singer recently appeared in her 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 the statement posted on their website, Dion’s team expressed their optimism about Dion’s future tours: “We are hopeful that one day soon, Celine will be able to come to all these cities in Europe to perform in front of his amazing fans, but this time just isn’t now.

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