Canadian singer Celine Dion has canceled for health reasons about 40 concerts that she was scheduled to perform in Europe until April 2024, according to what the organizers of her tour announced Friday in a statement, a copy of which was received by Agence France-Presse.
And the star, who suffers from a rare neurological disease, “continues to receive treatment” from it, according to the organizers of her tour, previously announced in December the cancellation or postponement of her concerts scheduled in Europe between February and July 2023.
The statement quoted the 55-year-old star as saying, “I am making a great effort to regain my strength, but concerts can be very difficult … It is best that we cancel everything for the time being, while waiting for me to be really ready to stand again on stage.”
The last concert was in March 2020
Dion’s last concert was in March 2020 in Newark, USA. Dion performed the first 52 concerts of her world tour “Carriage World Tour” in North America, but the Covid-19 pandemic cut her off.
The singer was not able to complete this tour, as she soon announced that she was suffering from muscle cramps. Her next concert was scheduled for September 1 in Paris.
It was revealed that Dion had Stiff Person Syndrome, a condition whose exact cause is still unknown but is believed to be autoimmune.
This syndrome affects about one in a million people, and causes severe pain and difficulty in movement, which prevents the sufferer from performing strenuous physical activities.
Dion’s circles confirmed that “the medical team that accompanies her is following the development of the disease and its treatment.”
The tour organizers indicated that “the price of tickets for the 42 canceled concerts will be refunded to those who bought them.”
And the singer considered that “continuing to postpone performances is not fair,” given that she does not know when she will be able to return to the stage.
Dion is considered one of the most popular artists in the world, and one of her most prominent songs was included in the 1997 movie “Titanic”, entitled “My Heart Will Go On”.