June 4, 2023

The powerhouse pop star Celine Dion announced Friday morning social media that she canceled the remainder of her Courage World Tour through April 2024 to focus on her recovery from a rare autoimmune and neurological disease.

Dion, 55, first publicly shared that she struggled with the medical condition — called stiff person syndrome, which causes progressive stiffness and severe muscle spasms — in an emotional Instagram video she posted in December 2022, when she canceled a number of events or delayed. travel dates.

“I’m sorry to disappoint you all again,” Dion said in the statement on Friday. “I am working very hard to build my strength back up, but touring can be very difficult, even when you are 100 percent. It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the shows, and while it breaks my heart, it’s best we cancel everything now until I’m actually ready to get back on stage. I want you all to know, I’m not giving up… And I can’t wait to see you again!”

The remaining 2023 tour dates would run from August 26 in Amsterdam through October 4 in Helsinki, Finland; then from March 6, 2024 in Prague to April 22, 2024 in London. Tickets purchased for the canceled dates can be refunded through the original point of sale, according to the statement.

Before the pandemic interrupted Dion’s tour in March 2020, she had completed the first 52 dates of the tour in North America. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulty walking and preventing me from using my vocal cords to sing like I used to,” she said in the video posted last year.

Dion can be seen in her first feature film role, alongside Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan, in the romantic comedy-drama ‘Love Again’, which came out this month.

After announcing her illness last year, Dion, known for her renditions of ballads like “Because You Loved Me” and “My Heart Will Go On,” received a notable blowout from fans, especially in Quebec, the French-speaking Canadian province where Dion Born.