Celine Dion postpones European shows -the singer's 'severe and persistent muscle spasms' explained
Canadian performer Celine Dion nearly broke into tears as she shared the news on Friday in an Instagram post that she is forced to postpone her European tour plans due to her health issues.
In a video posted on her Instagram account, Dion sent a message to fans: "Hi everyone. Well, here we are again. I'm so sorry that we have to change our tour plans for Europe one more time. First, we had to move the shows because of the pandemic, and now it is my health issues that is causing us to postpone some shows and unfortunately, we have to cancel some too."
Dion, known worldwide for her song, 'My Heart Will Go On,' continued, "The good news is that I'm doing a little bit better, but it's going very slow. It's very frustrating for me. I'm getting treatment from my doctors, taking medication, but I'm still experiencing some spasms, and it's taking a lot longer for me to recover than I had hoped."
Dion lamented the news that she must cancel the tour but also told fans she only wants to perform for them if she can give it her all. "I wanted to let you know that I'm sorry for this news… by now, I am convinced that you should be so fed up with all of this and waiting for so long. But all I can say is that I'm doing my very best to get back to the level that I need to be so that I can give 100 percent at my shows because that is what you deserve."
Despite the disappointing news, Celine received plenty of support from both fans and stars such as Sam Heughan and Brian Kelly. Heughan wrote, "Much love to you, Celine!" and Brian Kelly added: "All good things are worth waiting for! We LOVE you, and we know you will overcome this and come out stronger than ever."
Fans were worried at the end of 2021 when Celine Dion postponed her Las Vegas residency due to health problems, stating she had "severe and persistent muscle spasms."
On Instagram, the singer spoke of her sadness at not being able to honour her commitments to fans: “I’m heartbroken by this. My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months, and to not be able to open... saddens me beyond words."
Dion recently turned 54 years old and has been quiet until recently about her health woes despite fans' concerns. The only real information that fans received prior to the most recent update was when Celine's sister Claudette spoke to the French magazine Voici.
Claudette told the French publication that her sister's health condition was not too concerning. Dion's sister said, "What's happening to her is sad. But it's not serious."
However, Hello! magazine recently published an article where they spoke to two doctors about the implications of Dion's health woes. The publication talked to Dr. Ahmed El Muntasar and Dr. Giuseppe Aragona regarding which health conditions could provoke muscle spasms that impede Dion from performing.
As her sister mentioned, fans can be assured that Celine's condition is not serious. "Muscle spasms are not usually a cause for concern and can occur because of a multitude of reasons, which can often make it tricky to pinpoint the problem," Dr. Giuseppe Aragona told Hello! magazine.
According to Dr. Ahmed, "There can be a variety of causes for persistent muscle spasms." One such condition the doctor told Hello! is stress, which is most likely unavoidable for a superstar like Celine Dion.
The doctors that Hello! magazine spoke to also said that other simple issues such as electrolyte abnormalities, dehydration, and over-exercising can provoke muscle spasms.
However, Celine's symptoms could also be a sign of more serious conditions. Dr. Giuseppe Aragona told Hello!, "Spasms can sometimes indicate an underlying health condition such as thyroid disease or multiple sclerosis."
While waiting for Céline Dion's recovery, fans will at least be able to check out her entire story in the biopic 'Aline,' directed by Valérie Lemercier. Because Céline certainly has had a long and exciting career. Click on to read about Céline's rise to fame!
Céline Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec (Canada), on March 30, 1968. She is the youngest of her fourteen siblings. His first name is a tribute to Hugues Aufray's song 'Céline.'
At age four, she got her first clarinet. Her brothers and sisters encouraged her to work on her voice, which has always stood out. So Céline began taking singing classes.
The first song Céline Dion recorded in a studio was 'Ce N'etait Qu'un Rêve,' which she wrote with her mother. The singer sent the material to producer René Angélil and, in 1981, at the age of 13, she released her first album, 'La voix du bon Dieu.'
His first single was released in France in 1982 and was an international success. Céline became very popular in Quebec and around the world.
She won the "Top Performer" award in the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Japan and a gold medal for "Best Song."
However, being a professional singer and a student soon proved incompatible, and it was around this time that Céline dropped out of school.
In 1984, she recorded 'Du Soleil au Cœur', an album in French. She performed for 65,000 people during Pope John Paul II's visit to Montreal, singing 'Une Columbe' (A Dove9. Later, the song broke out in Canada. In the same year, Celine Dion toured France.
Despite this, she still needed to gain popularity in the rest of the world to become the pop star she wanted to be. Therefore, her mentor René Angélil advised her to take English classes and change her image. Céline also had some dental work done.
With a new look and a more commercial musical style, Céline Dion made her comeback in 1987. She signed a contract with CBS, the future Sony Music, and released the album 'Incognito.'
In 1988, she was selected to participate in the great European music festival in Dublin. She represented Switzerland with the song “Ne partez pas sans moi,” which was part of her new work. It won the contest, and Céline became even more well known in Europe.
However, in 1989 the singer faced a setback when she injured her vocal cords while giving a concert as part of the 'Incognito' tour. The well-known voice doctor William Gould told her she had a choice: have surgery immediately or remain silent for three weeks to heal her vocal cords.
Céline wasn't eager to go under the knife, so she chose silence paired with vocal training with William Riley once she could use her voice again.
In 1990, she released her first English-language album 'Unison,' which reached #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in March 1991.
In 1991, she celebrated the tenth anniversary of her career. For the occasion, she released the album 'Dion Chante Plamondon', where she paid tribute to the Canadian composer of the musical 'Starmania', Luc Plamondon. The artist wrote several songs for Celine Dion.
Her second English-language album was released in 1992: 'Céline Dion.' It features the theme song for the movie 'Beauty and the Beast,' which she sings with Peabo Bryson.
In 1993, Céline took to the stage with big stars such as Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, and Shania Twain.
Then, in 1993, came another album in English, 'The Colour Of My Love.' This time it sold 10 million copies, earning Canadian artist Céline Dion fans in the United States.
That same year, Dion proclaimed her love for her manager René Angélil which caused quite a stir as he was 26 years her senior. In fact, they first met when Céline was 12 years old, and René was 38.
Céline had dedicated the album released that year to him and said he was "the colour of her love." Céline was fearful of how her fans would react to her relationship given the significant age difference; however, for the most part, fans reacted positively.
Sadly, also in 1993, she lost one of her nieces, who suffered from cystic fibrosis. It was then that she became involved in philanthropic causes to help sick children.
The following year, in 1994, she formalized her union with producer René Angélil with a wedding in Montreal, which was aired on Canadian television.
1994 was the year of her return to France. She recorded a live disc of her show at the famous Olympia theater in Paris. Two years later, she met Jean-Jacques Goldman (photo) in Cannes.
Impressed by her talent, Jean-Jacques Goldman composed twelve tracks for her for the album “D'eux.” It was the best-selling album in French of all time: over ten million copies sold worldwide.
In France, the album remained at number one for 44 weeks. The next single, 'Je sais pas,' was also number one in the Top 50.
Then came the album 'Falling into You,' released in 1996, which was also a massive success with 32 million copies sold.
'Because You Loved Me,' the theme of the movie 'Up Close & Personal,' became a worldwide hit and won the Grammy Award for Best Song, in addition to being nominated for an Academy Award. The album 'Falling into You' is one of the best sellers in history.
Famous all over the world, Celine Dion was working harder than ever and paying the price. So, in 1996, exhausted, she decided to take a sabbatical.
In 1997, Céline Dion returned with the album 'Let's Talk About Love.' Céline recorded her legendary duet with Barbra Streisand, 'Tell Him' and 'My Heart Will Go On,' the song from the movie 'Titanic.'
With the success of the film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the song 'My Heart Will Go On' earned the singer millions of copies sold and, of course, the Oscar for Best Original Song, as well as three Grammy Awards.
In 1998, Céline Dion released the second album produced by Jean-Jacques Goldman: 'S'il suffisait d'aimer.' After 'D'eux,' it became one of the best-selling French-language records in the world.
At the height of her career, Céline Dion decided to take a break to give birth to her first child. But before that, she went on a farewell tour and released her first compilation, 'All The Way… A Decade Of Song'.
In 1999, she received a special award from her label for having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
On January 25, 2001, their first child, René-Charles, was born.
In 2001, she participated in the first album by Garou. Together they sang 'Sous le vent,' which won the diamond record in France.
Céline sang 'God Bless America' during a program on American television to honour the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in the United States. She also collaborated on the single 'What More Can I Give?' with Michael Jackson.
Céline decided that it was time for a break again, this time for two years. However, she came back in 2002 with the album 'A New Day has Come', which features the single 'I'm Alive.' It's a more personal album where she sings about motherhood.
Céline Dion began performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a four-year term to celebrate her reunion with the public.
In 2003, she returned to the French public with the album '1 fille & 4 types', entirely composed by Jean-Jacques Goldman. However, although well-received, the album did not reach the status of her previous French albums.
In 2004, Céline Dion received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Undeniable proof she was, in fact, a megastar.
In the same year, she released a concept album, 'Miracle,' where she mixed photos and lullabies. For this, she collaborated with Anne Geddes, a famous children's photographer.
In 2009, Céline Dion, at 41, became pregnant again, this time with twins. In 2010 she gave birth to her children Eddy and Nelson.
In 2012, she released the album 'Sans Attendre,' in which Luc Plamondon, Maxime Le Forestier, and Jean-Pierre Ferland participated. She also sang with Henri Salvador and Johnny Hallyday (photo). The most emblematic song on this album is 'Parler à mon père'.
In 2013, the Angélil-Dion couple were honored by Governor General of Canada David Johnston in appreciation for their contribution to Canada's international influence. René Angélil was named a Member of the Order of Canada, and Céline Dion was given the rank of Companion of the Order of Canada.
In 2014, Céline Dion suspended all her activities for reasons related to her health: she suffered from inflammation. At the same time, René was operated on for a cancerous tumour. She then announced that she would slow down her career to care for her children's father, her great love.
In 2015, she announced that her return to Las Vegas would take place in August.
In January 2016, after months of suffering, René Angélil died of throat cancer. Two days later, Celine Dion lost her brother Daniel, 59, also to cancer.
A few weeks after her husband's funeral, Céline boldly returned to the stage in Las Vegas, honouring her promise to him to return to music.
In 2018, she released 'Ashes', a single from the soundtrack of the film 'Deadpool 2'.
Since then, Céline Dion has lived a more discreet life. However, that doesn't stop her from appearing at Fashion Weeks with her extravagant looks, which we like so much. In 2019, she entertained viewers on James Cordon's famous 'Carpool Karaoke.'
Until Céline Dion can get back on the road, we can only wish her a speedy recovery. We hope with all our heart to see her soon in great shape, with that voice that moves us so much!