Renowned singer Celine Dion has announced the cancellation of all her forthcoming live performances, revealing to fans that her current health condition renders her unable to proceed with the tour.
Dion was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition, Stiff-Person Syndrome (SPS), last year which has significantly impacted her ability to sing. Consequently, she has decided to call off all concerts lined up for 2023 and 2024.
The 55-year-old Canadian artist expressed her regrets on Twitter, saying, “I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you 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.” Nonetheless, she remains hopeful, vowing not to surrender and looking forward to reconnecting with her audience.
Dion publicly revealed her diagnosis in December 2022 via an emotional Instagram video. She shared that the disorder was triggering muscle spasms, hindering her from singing as she normally would. Her ambitious Courage World Tour, launched in 2019, had completed 52 shows before the global Covid-19 pandemic interrupted the remaining concerts.
Dion faced further health challenges and was compelled to postpone the North American part of the tour. The European concerts, initially delayed, were officially cancelled last Friday. These included performances in London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Zurich.
In a statement, Dion mentioned her ongoing struggle to regain her strength. Her tour team also expressed profound disappointment at the cancellation of the shows. Dion stated, “I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%.”
This tour would have marked Dion’s first global concert tour in ten years, and her first without the presence of her late husband-manager Rene Angelil, who passed away from cancer in 2016. Dion, celebrated for hits like “My Heart Will Go On,” “Because You Loved Me,” “All By Myself,” and “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” assures fans she will not be giving up, keeping her admirers hopeful for her return.