Celine Dion has made the difficult decision to cancel all her remaining live shows due to her ongoing battle with a rare neurological disorder known as Stiff-Person Syndrome (SPS).
The condition has been affecting her singing ability, and she feels that she is not physically strong enough to continue touring.
As a result, Dion has canceled all her scheduled shows for 2023 and 2024. In a heartfelt message shared on Twitter, the 55-year-old expressed her sincere apologies to her fans, expressing her deep regret at disappointing them once again.
“Even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything until I’m really ready to be back on stage.”
She added: “I’m not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!”
In December 2022, Celine Dion took to Instagram to share a heartfelt video announcing that she had been diagnosed with Stiff-Person Syndrome (SPS) and would be unable to commence her planned European tour in February.
The disorder was causing muscle spasms that affected her ability to sing in her usual manner. The Courage World Tour, which began in 2019, had already seen Dion complete 52 shows before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a halt to the remaining performances.
Following health issues, she later canceled the North American leg of the tour and postponed the European dates. Unfortunately, on Friday, it was announced that the postponed European performances, including shows in London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Zurich, were now officially canceled.
A statement released by her tour said the shows were being cancelled with “a sense of tremendous disappointment”.
“I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%,” the statement quoted Dion as saying.
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The planned tour was a significant milestone for Celine Dion as it would have marked her first global concert tour in ten years and the first one without her late husband-manager Rene Angelil, who passed away from cancer in 2016.
Celine Dion is renowned for her chart-topping hits such as “My Heart Will Go On,” “Because You Loved Me,” “All By Myself,” and “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.”