Although her heart will go on, Céline Dion needs to pause her ongoing international tour to focus on her health.

In an emotional Instagram video addressed to her fans, the cherished Canadian songstress revealed she was recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called Stiff Person Syndrome. Speaking in French and English, Dion, 54, said she has been experiencing health issues “for a long time” — including severe muscle spasms that affect “every aspect of my daily life.” Sometimes, she has difficulty walking; other times, she is unable to use her vocal cords to sing properly.

“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know that this is what has been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having,” she explained.

Although she misses performing and interacting with fans, the five-time Grammy winner was forced to make the difficult choice to postpone her upcoming tour dates in Europe. Her spring 2023 shows are now rescheduled for 2024, and some of her summer ’23 tour dates have been canceled altogether.

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“For me to reach you again, I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment,” she said. “And I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery. This is my focus, and I’m doing everything I can to recuperate.”

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Stiff Person Syndrome is a potentially disabling neurological disorder with features of an autoimmune disease. It affects the central nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include muscle rigidity in the trunk of the body and “heightened sensitivity to stimuli,” which causes the severe muscle spasms Dion mentioned. There is no cure.

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