Canadian singer Celine Dion has revealed that she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological condition.
The Charlemagne-born artist is both the best-selling Canadian artist of all time, and also the best-selling French language singer of all time. A globally recognised icon, her Las Vegas residency broke box office records, and she’s released a total of 12 English language albums.
Set to play a full European tour next year, the dates were suddenly postponed during the week. Now Celine Dion has posted an emotional new video, revealing that she is suffering from a rare neurological condition.
What’s the name of the condition?
Celine Dion’s condition is called ‘stiff person syndrome’ – it is estimated to impact one in two hundred thousand people, and she says the diagnosis has been “a struggle”.
In the video she comments: “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 problems with my health for a long time, and it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges … We now know [SPS] is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having.”
She continues: “Unfortunately the 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.”
“I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me hope. I’m working hard with my support medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again, but I have to admit it’s been a struggle.”
Celine Dion aims to postpone her European tour, to “concentrate on my health on this moment”, adding: “I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery. This is my focus and I’m doing everything that I can to recuperate.”
Celine Dion revealing her diagnosis of a rare neurological disorder in a new health update to fans. We love you to the moon and back, Céline ❤️pic.twitter.com/9JDA3ajWRb— celine vocals (@CelineOracle) December 8, 2022