Celine Dion has been forced to cancel her Courage world tour following her devastating health battles.
The My Heart Will Go On singer, 55, was diagnosed with stiff person syndrome – a rare autoimmune movement disorder- last year.
Since then, she has been focusing hard on her recovery, but confirmed today that she will not be able to complete her tour as planned.
‘It is with tremendous disappointment that we have to announce today the cancellation of the Courage World Tour,’ an announcement on her Instagram page read.
‘I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%,’ she was quoted as saying.
‘It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to be back on stage again.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CstKOQtAJhs‘I want you all to know, I’m not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!’
Tickets for the 42 canceled dates – including performances in Paris later this year, and across the UK next April – will be refunded.
Fans rushed to offer Celine their support in the comments below, urging the musician to return to the stage at her own pace.
‘Your health comes first,’ one insisted. ‘Love you Queen we miss you!!’
‘We love you and hope that you’ll find a way to deal with your disease. Best wishes, a lot of courage and strength,’ another agreed.
An Instagram user shared: ‘You’ve entertained us for decades, now it’s time to take care of yourself!’
‘You have never disappointed us,’ a follower penned. ‘You had worked so many years to give us great moments and beautiful songs!
‘Is just a matter of time to see you back on stage, and we’re waiting for that with all the patient you need to get well. Praying for your recovering! [sic].’
As a commenter added: ‘We just need you to take good care of yourself. Your health is the only thing that matters.’
Last December, the All By Myself star spoke out about her health scare for the first time, revealing her diagnosis of stiff-person syndrome – a rare autoimmune movement disorder that affects the central nervous system.
Currently, there is no known cure for the condition, which is said to turn people into ‘human statues’ as the body becomes more rigid.
In a video, she told fans: ‘Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome which affects something like one in a million people.
‘While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having.
‘Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I’m used to.
‘I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me help.’
‘For me to reach you again I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment and I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery,’ she added. ‘This is my focus and I’m doing everything I can to recuperate.
What is stiff-person syndrome?
Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is a rare autoimmune movement disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
SPS is characterised by fluctuating muscle rigidity in the trunk and limbs and a heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as noise, touch, and emotional distress, which can set off muscle spasms. Stiff-person syndrome is extremely rare.
Only about one out of every one million people have been diagnosed with this syndrome. Twice as many women have stiff person syndrome as men. Symptoms can occur at any age but usually develop between ages 30 and 60.
‘I want to thank you so much for your wishes and love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me.’
Despite her struggles, Celine recently got back into the studio for the soundtrack to Love Again, a new movie starring Priyanka Chopra and Sam Heughan.
The album was released earlier this month and marked her first new music since the release of her 2019 record, Courage.
It included five new songs and some of the most iconic tracks from her extensive catalog, including All By Myself, and It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.
She also made her big screen debut in the flick, and said of the project: ‘I had a lot of fun doing this movie.
‘And to have the privilege of appearing with the beautiful and talented actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan in my very first feature film is a gift that I will cherish forever.
‘I think it’s a wonderful feel-good story, and I hope that people will like it, and like the new songs too.’
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