Magazines have been covering the topic of Céline Dion’s health ever since the singer appeared to have lost significant amount of weight. Her fans shared their concerns saying she no longer resembles her old self.
She, on the other hand, said she should be left alone. Speaking to The Sun during the past period, the Canadian-born singer sent a message to those criticizing her looks, “If I like it, I don’t want to talk about it. Don’t bother. Don’t take a picture. If you like it, I’ll be there. If you don’t, leave me alone.”
Recently, however, a representative of Celine Dion reported that she is grappling with muscle spasms, a condition that has impacted her ability to perform on stage. Consequently, along with the pandemic that disrupted many lives, Dion had to cancel several concert dates in Las Vegas, first in November of the preceding year and then from January 19 to February 5, 2022.
The statement explained, "Celine has been experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing. Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat her. However, the symptoms she is experiencing are prohibiting her from participating in the ongoing rehearsals for the new show."
Dion herself took to Instagram to express her heartache over the postponed concert dates and her health challenges.
"Hello, everyone. I'm 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," Dion shared in a video.
"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 health issues for a long time and it's been really 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 approximately one in a million people. While we're still learning about this rare condition, we now know it's been causing all the spasms I've been experiencing. Unfortunately, these spasms impact every aspect of my daily life, sometimes hindering my ability to walk and preventing me from using my vocal cords to sing the way I'm used to."
"I'm working diligently with my sports medicine therapist every day to regain my strength and my ability to perform, but I must admit it's been a struggle," she shared. "Singing is all I know. It's what I've done my entire life and what I love to do the most.
"I miss you all so much. I miss seeing you and performing on stage for you. I always give a hundred percent during my shows, but my current condition isn't allowing me to deliver that right now," she continued.
Dion concluded the video by saying, "I want to thank you sincerely for your uplifting wishes and the love and support you've shown on my social media. It means the world to me. Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you all so much, and I genuinely hope I can see you again very soon."
Dion shares a significant history with Las Vegas, a place she considers a second home. Her connection with the "Sin City" dates back to 2003 when she embarked on a four-year Las Vegas residency, which proved immensely successful, grossing over $385 million.
Years later, Dion returned to the Las Vegas stage for a residency at Caesars Palace and set a world record with an astounding 1,141 performances, as reported by Billboard.
me, she holds the records for the two best-selling residencies of all time.
With the health issues she’s been facing, Dion announced that her tour would begin in May 2022, but the shows have now been pushed back even further. At the same time, she delayed her Las Vegas residency.
The two previous Las Vegas residencies alone earned her $680 million. Her net worth is reported to be around $800 million – and in 2019, she made $37 million.
Not being on stage affected the singer’s income as she has been reported to have lost around $70 million of revenue, based on her earnings for the Celine residency show.
Besides that, she’s happy that her time off allowed her to be around her children more.
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