On Friday morning, Celine Dion announced the cancelation of her Courage World Tour due to her battle with an incurable neurological illness.
The 55-year-old singing icon posted an announcement that she would be canceling the remainder of her tour on social media that said,
“With a sense of tremendous disappointment, Celine Dion’s Courage World Tour today announced the cancellation of all remaining dates currently on sale for 2023 and 2024. As the world has emerged from the pandemic, Celine has continued to be treated for a diagnosed medical condition that prevents her from performing. Cline is working hard on her recovery, but at this time is unable to successfully prepare for and perform the remainder of the tour… We do have every hope that someday soon, Celine will be able to come to all of these cities in Europe to perform for her amazing fans, but that time simply is not now.”
The announcement included a statement from Dion, who said,
“I”m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%. It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to be back on stage again. I want you all to know, I’m not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!”
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Last year, Dion was forced to cancel the remainder of her North American tour due to “severe and persistent muscle spasms” which prevented her from performing.
In December, she revealed to her fans that she had been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called stiff person syndrome that was affecting her mobility as well as her voice.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, stiff person syndrome (SPS) is a “rare chronic condition that causes muscle stiffness and painful muscle spasms” for which there is no cure.
“People with this condition usually experience muscle stiffness in their trunk and abdomen (the middle part of their body). Over time, they also develop stiffness (rigidity) and spasms in their legs and other muscles.”
“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what has been causing all of the spasms I’ve been having,” said Dion. “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.”