Celine Dion has canceled her Courage tour after being diagnosed with Stiff Man Syndrome, an incurable neurological disorder.
In an emotional video message posted Thursday in French and English on Instagram, Dion said stiff man syndrome was causing spasms that affected her ability to walk and sing.
“Unfortunately, the spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes making it difficult for me to walk and preventing me from using my vocal cords to sing the way I used to,” she said.
Stiff person syndrome causes stiff muscles and painful muscle spasms that can be triggered by things like loud noises or light touch. The cause is unknown, but it is thought to be an autoimmune disease. In severe cases, it can lead to difficulty walking and a bent position.
SELINE DION IN EMOTIONAL VIDEO DEALS WITH TREATMENT OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER
Here are Dion’s career, personal life and health struggles:
Celine Dion is from Quebec, Canada. He started singing at a young age with 13 siblings in a small club owned by his parents.
A recording of Dion’s singing was sent to Rene Angelil when she was 12 years old. A music executive mortgaged his home to help finance a music star’s debut album.
Dion’s first music was composed in French, and her debut album La Voix du Bon Dieu topped the local charts in Canada.
Celine Dion’s career breakthrough
Dion later found success in her career in America when she wrote Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 1991. He sang with Peabo Bryson for the hit song.
Dion won an Academy Award for Best Song and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Vocal Group.
She released her Celine Dion album in 1992 with the song Beauty and the Beast.
During her career, Dion released 27 studio albums and seven live albums – some in French, others in English. He has won five overall Grammy Awards and two Academy Awards.
He is best known for his love ballads, including the hits “I’m Alive,” “Because You Loved Me” and “A New Day Has Come.”
In 1997, Dion wrote “My Heart Will Go On”, the theme song to Titanic. The song topped the Billboard 200 for 16 weeks after the film’s premiere.
His marriage to Rene Angelil
Celine Dion first met the late Rene Angelil when she was 12 years old. At that time, the music manager was 38 years old. Dion’s brother had sent Angelil a recording of the musician.
Dion and Angelil first officially met in 1987 when the singer was 19 years old, although she later revealed that they had been seeing each other romantically for a year before that. The couple kept things private for the next five years.
Dion and Angelil got engaged in 1991. After going public with their relationship and engagement, the two got married in 1994. The ceremony was broadcast live on Canadian television.
In 1998, when Angelil was first diagnosed with cancer, Dion took a break from her career. In 2000, when he recovered from cancer, the couple renewed their wedding vows.
CELINE DION SAYS ‘I DON’T THINK ABOUT ‘FALLING AGAIN” AFTER HUSBAND RENÉ ANGÉLIL’S DEATH
Being a mother
Dion and Angelil welcomed their first child together in 2001. René-Charles was born after a multi-stage fertility procedure.
In an interview with People magazine, Dion talked about her experience breastfeeding a baby.
“He’s a prodigy,” Dion mused in 2007. “I nursed René-Charles for a year and I’ll never forget it. His eyes, his skin, his smell, his sleep, his sweetness, his love, nothing. love.”
Celine Dion’s Vegas Residency
After the birth of her first child, Dion started her residency in Las Vegas. In 2003, he began performing “A New Day…” at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace.
The show ran until 2007.
Dion’s first Vegas residency remains the highest-grossing residency of all time.
Dion and Angelil gave birth to twins, Nelson and Eddie, in 2010 after the singer underwent several rounds of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
The song “To Love You More” was patient during the treatments.
“You know how it works. We’re great,” she told People magazine at the time. “We’re hoping for the best, hoping to get pregnant. If it happens, it happens.”
Before their twins were born, Angélil told the publication, “We’re excited. Celine is just hoping for a healthy pregnancy. She wanted one child and the news that we’re going to have two is a double blessing.”
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO GAME NEWS
Celine Dion’s second Vegas residency
In 2011, Dion returned to Las Vegas for her second residency. “Celine” also took place at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace.
Dion took a hiatus from music in 2013 to care for her husband, who was again diagnosed with cancer. He returned to the spotlight after taking a year off from Vegas shows.
For her final Vegas show, Dion penned a letter thanking fans for the venue and participation.
“More than sixteen years ago, my dearest love, Renee, and I shared a dream and vision to create a spectacular show that we could stage in one location day and night, hoping that people from all over the world would travel to it. – the letter says. “You did not disappoint us. You have traveled a long, long way to sing with us, dance with us, laugh with us and even cry with us (tears of joy, we hope!) as you did tonight.”
Death of her husband
Dion’s husband, Rene Angelil, died in 2016. The musician’s former manager has died after a “long and courageous battle” with cancer.
“Mr. Angelil, 73, died of throat cancer under the care of a physician at his home in Henderson,” the Clark County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement via People magazine at the time.
In the years following her death, Dion reflected on her loss in interviews. The “All by Myself” singer admitted that she feels “very, very strong” because Angell is still “a part” of her life with her children.
“Losing my husband, my kids losing their father was very important,” she said on the TODAY show in 2021. “I feel Renee has given me so much over the years and still does. My children. I look at them – we live with it. We still live with it. He is a part of our lives every day, so I have to say that I feel very strong.”
Celine Dion’s return to music and her health issues
After the death of Dion Angelil, he took a month off and returned to the stage. She retired from performing “All by Myself” on stage in 2016 after a tragic loss.
He completed his second Las Vegas residency in 2019.
Although it was announced that Dion would return to Vegas in 2021, the residency never happened as the musician continued to deal with “severe and persistent muscle spasms.”
Recently, Dion was set to wrap up her Courage tour in 2020, which she started before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. At that time, the show was canceled due to the virus. However, Dion has since been diagnosed with an incurable neurological disorder.
After being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome, the musician has announced that he is rescheduling the spring dates of 2023 to 2024 and canceling the summer of 2023 altogether.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.