Popular Canadian Singer, Celine Dion has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), a rare neurological disease. The singer revealed that the condition has left her with difficulties walking and singing. She said that the condition makes her muscles spasm uncontrollably.
This means that the singer will be unable to go on with her Europe tours next year. The Celine Dion Courage World Tour Spring 2023 has now been rescheduled to Spring European 2024 Dates as revealed on the Singer’s official website. The 2023 summer shows have been canceled as well. However, the August 26 – October 4, 2023 performances will remain on the schedule, the report said.
In a tearful Instagram post, the 54-year old singer addressed her fans and said that the disease causes difficulty in her walking and affects her vocal cords, which prevents her from singing like she used to.
In the video which was recorded in both English and French, she said “Hello everyone, I am sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and I can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person.”
“As you know I’ve always been an open book and I wasn’t ready to say anything before, but I’m ready now. I have been dealing with problems with my health for a very long time and it’s been difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything I’ve been going through.”
“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 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 cords to sing the way I’m used to.”
“It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.” She added that she was working with her hard with her sports medicine therapist to gain back her strength and ability to work again. She stated that she will now be focusing on her health and thanked her fans for the support, hoping to see them “real soon.”
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