Celine Dion Reveals She Has Rare Neurological Condition Stiff-Person Disorder

Celine Dion has shared that she has a uncommon neurological dysfunction known as stiff-person syndrome in an emotional video she posted to Instagram on Thursday.

The singer revealed that she had been coping with well being points for “a long time” and that she was not too long ago recognized.

“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having,” she mentioned within the clip, showing to battle again tears. “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 that I’m used to.”

Dion mentioned her situation has induced her to postpone the spring 2023 reveals within the European leg of her world tour to 2024, and cancel eight of her summer season reveals from Might to July. Among the spring 2023 dates had beforehand been postponed on account of her well being considerations.

“I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better,” she mentioned within the video. “And my precious children, who are supporting me and giving me hope.”

“I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again,” she continued. “But I have to admit, it’s been a struggle.”

Dion added that singing is what she loves “to do the most,” however that she is concentrating on her well being.

“I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery,” she later mentioned.

Celine Dion at Paris Vogue Week on July 2, 2019.

Pierre Suu by way of Getty Photographs

Stiff-person syndrome, or SPS, is “characterized by fluctuating muscle rigidity in the trunk and limbs and a heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as noise, touch, and emotional distress, which can set off muscle spasms,” based on the Nationwide Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

The Cleveland Clinic says the syndrome, which has options of an autoimmune illness, can restrict one’s potential to stroll or transfer in extreme instances. About 1 in 1 million individuals are recognized with the syndrome, based on the medical middle.

In October 2021, Dion had delayed the opening of her Las Vegas present on the Resorts World Theatre, which was scheduled from Nov. 5 to Nov. 20, 2021, and Jan. 19 to Feb. 5, 2022. She mentioned the postponement was on account of “severe and persistent muscle spasms.”

Then in January, the beloved singer canceled the remaining reveals of the North American leg of her “Courage World Tour,” which had already been postponed to start in March 2022 on account of COVID-19-related restrictions.

Dion mentioned in an announcement on the time that she was nonetheless coping with muscle spasms and that she was following the “regimen that my doctors are prescribing.”

The singer mentioned in her Thursday announcement that her tour dates set from August to October stay as scheduled.