Celine Dion has been forced to cancel her world tour as her health continues to deteriorate since being diagnosed with a rare and incurable neurological disease.
The Queen of Power Ballads singer, 55, was diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) last year – a condition that causes the muscles to tense and spasm uncontrollably, it can also lock the body into painful rigid positions.
Celine shared the news about the upcoming tour cancellation in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Friday.
The singer wrote: "I'm so sorry to disappoint all of you once again… and even though it breaks my heart, it's best that we cancel everything until I’m really ready to be back on stage… I'm not giving up… and I can't wait to see you again!"
Celine previously opened up to fans about her condition sharing that it can affect her vocal cords and "every aspect of my daily life".
We take a closer look at Celine's health battle…
Concerns about Celine's health first came to light in January when she cancelled the USA dates of her Courage world tour.
A press release told fans at the time that she had to ditch the shows due to "severe and persistent muscle spasms".
Then last year fans were left devastated when Celine confirmed the news that she had been diagnosed with SPS after she had to cancel her European tour.
The star said: "Hello everyone, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and 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’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and its been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.
"While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been having."
The star went on to say: "Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way im used to."
She said that she has a "great team of doctors working alongside her" and is being supported by her "precious children".
About the condition
Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) is a very rare condition and affects around one in every million people.
Symptoms can develop at any age but they typically appear between the ages of 30 and 60, it can affect twice as many women as it does men.
The symptoms may include:
- Stiff muscles in the torso, arms and legs
- Higher sensitivity to noise, touch, and emotional distress – these can set off muscle spasms
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition and can sometimes leave sufferers unable to walk or talk, but there are ways to slow it down and control it.
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