Celine Dion cancels Courage World Tour amid ongoing health issues

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26 May 2023, 13:26

Celine Dion performing

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Legendary singer Celine Dion has confirmed the remaining dates on her Courage World Tour have been cancelled. 

Back in December, Celine confirmed she had been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome, which causes spasms and affects her ability to walk and sing.

The All By Myself hitmaker had already postponed a number of tour dates with the plan to return in August 2023 and spring 2024.

In a new social media update on Instagram, Celine shared the list of shows affected, and wrote: “It is with tremendous disappointment that we have to announce today the cancellation of the Courage World Tour.

“I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%.”

She continued: It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to be back on stage again. I want you all to know, I’m not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!”

Celine then confirmed that anyone who bought tickets will be refunded, before sharing the same message in French. 

The cancelled tour dates included shows in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland in 2023, with the gigs continuing into 2024 in Poland, Germany and the UK. 

Fans were quick to send their well-wishes to the Grammy-Award winner, with one writing: “We love you Celine, take good care of yourself your health is the most important and precious thing we are praying for your healing.”

Another said: “We just need you to take good care of yourself. Your health is the only thing that matters,” while a third commented: “Health is everything. Everyone is still here when you are ready, no matter how long you need.”

In her December statement, Celine admitted her diagnosis was making everyday life difficult. 

She shared: “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 continued: "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.”