Celine Dion canceled her entire tour due to an incurable neurological disorder

May 27, 2023
Charlotte Tyler

Celine Dion has formally announced the cancellation of her Courage World Tour due to her ongoing fight against an intractable neurological disorder.

The iconic 55-year-old singer updated followers on her health condition via Instagram, as Fox News reported.

"It is with tremendous disappointment that we have to announce today the cancelation of the Courage World Tour," Dion began her in-depth post.

"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%," she added.

"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!

"Tickets purchased for the forty-two cancelled dates will be refunded via the original point of sale. For further ticket inquiries or options, ticketholders should reach out to their original point of purchase," the post said.

Leading Up to The Announcement

In December, the "My Heart Will Go On" singer shocked admirers by revealing that she had been diagnosed with stiff person syndrome, which she noted "affects something like one in a million people."

According to the Cleveland Clinic, stiff person syndrome is a rare autoimmune movement disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). People with this condition initially experience a stiffening of their trunk muscles, followed by the gradual development of stiffness and rigidity in their legs and other body muscles.

Dion continued to instruct supporters on how to receive a ticket refund.

Earlier Updates

Last year, Dion revealed to her followers in an Instagram video that she had been experiencing mobility issues and that her vocal had been affected by the condition.

"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," she said.

"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."

In January 2022, Dion canceled the remainder of her "Courage" tour dates in North America due to "severe and persistent muscle spasms" that rendered her unable to perform.

Dion's tour dates for February 24 to April 11, 2023, have been rescheduled for March 6 to April 22, 2024, and her summer performances from May 31 to July 17, 2023, have been canceled.

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