Celine Dion said “it breaks my heart” after canceling the last concerts of her world tour due to a rare neurological disease.
Canadian singer55 years old, suffers from so-called stiff person syndrome (SPS), a rare incurable progressive neurological disorder that “causes severe and persistent muscle spasms and inability to perform,” a statement on its website says.
“It’s not fair for you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s better that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to get back on stage,” said press release on Friday.
“I want you all to know that I’m not giving up…and I can’t wait to see you again!”
“I’m so sorry to disappoint you all once again. I’m working very hard to rebuild my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re at 100 percent.”
She was due to perform in over 20 cities across Europe, spread this year and next, on the Courage World Tour, including playing eight shows in the UK and six in Paris.
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Her statement said she was canceling them “with a feeling of enormous disappointment.”
“Celine is working hard on her recovery, but at this time she is unable to prepare and successfully perform the remainder of the tour,” the statement added.
“We are hopeful that one day soon, Celine will be able to come to all these cities in Europe to perform in front of her amazing fans, but now is just not the time.”
Dion, known for her power hit ballads including Think Twice, Because You Loved Me, My Heart Will Go On and It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, delayed a Las Vegas residency in 2021 and rescheduled tour dates to 2022 due to health issues.