Céline Dion shares emotional video revealing she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder

Publish Date
Friday, 9 December 2022, 1:55PM

Céline Dion has revealed she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder.

After a pause due to the pandemic, the 54-year-old singer had been scheduled to resume her Courage World Tour in November 2021.

However, the tour was postponed after she began "experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms."

And now the Canadian superstar has told fans that she has stiff person syndrome, a "very rare" condition that can cause muscle spasms.

Speaking to her followers in an emotional video on social media, she said: "Hello everyone, I’m sorry it's taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person.

"As you know 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 my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through."

She continued: "Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff person syndrome which affects 1 in a million people. While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been having."

She went on to note that the spasms affect "every aspect" of her daily life.

"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. It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.

"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 help. I’m working hard with my sports 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.

"All I know is singing it’s what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most ... I always give 100 per cent when I do my show but my condition is now allowing me to give you that right now."

She concluded: "For me to reach you again I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment and I have hope that I'm on the road to recovery."

The 'My Heart Will Go On' hitmaker then thanked her fans for their support and well wishes on social media.

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