Celine Dion cancels all her concerts until April 2024 for health reasons
The Canadian singer Celine Dion, still suffering, canceled this Friday, May 26 forty concerts planned in Europe until April 2024.
Celine Dion, during her world tour entitled "Courage", in September 2019, in Quebec City. © AP - Jacques Boissinot
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I go to great lengths to regain my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you're 100% " said Celine Dion, quoted in a press release. "Even if it breaks my heart, it's better that we cancel everything now, until I'm really ready to get back on stage," she added.
The 55-year-old Quebec star has not been on stage since a concert in Newark in the United States in March 2020. His tour, Courage World Tour, was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The singer's next concert scheduled for France was in Paris at La Défense Arena on September 1, 2023. It was to be the first of a series of six shows in the French capital. Celine Dion had to travel across Europe, starting in Amsterdam at the end of August and ending in London, via Helsinki, Budapest and Dublin.
A neurological pathology
Since 2021, Celine Dion has been suffering from stiff person syndrome (RPD), a rare neurological condition whose exact cause is unknown, but likely of autoimmune origin. She "continues her treatment," said her entourage.
Affecting about one in a million people, this syndrome causes sharp pain and difficulty moving, preventing physically demanding activities. "The medical team that accompanies Celine follows the evolution of the disease and its treatment," said his entourage. Little information has filtered out about his daily life and his exact state of health, leaving room for speculation. Treating your disease involves remedying the symptoms, but the path to recovery is not known.
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The singer felt that it was "not fair to continue to postpone the shows", not knowing when she would be able to reconnect with her very large audience. "Tickets purchased for the 42 cancelled dates will be refunded," the tour organizers added.
The Canadian is one of the most popular artists in the world, famous among others for My Heart Will Go On, a 1997 song for the soundtrack of the film Titanic. In April, Celine Dion released an album, the soundtrack to the film Love Again, containing five previously unreleased tracks and older hits.
It's time to send tons of love to @celinedion," wrote on Twitter a fan club, the Celine Dion Addicts.
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