Celine Dion, the iconic "My Heart Will Go On" singer, has been battling a series of health issues over the years, with the most recent being the rare neurological disorder, Stiff-person syndrome. Dion's health struggles began in 2016, following years of non-stop performances that included two Las Vegas residencies and back-to-back global tours. The first residency, "A New Day," ran from 2003 to 2007, and the second, "Celine," from 2011 to 2019. The shows generated over $385 million in revenue, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, the relentless schedule took a toll on Dion's health. In 2016, she had to cancel several shows due to a throat infection and exhaustion. That same year, Dion's late husband, René Angélil, passed away from throat cancer. His health had been declining while Dion was recovering from throat-related issues caused by over-exerting her vocal cords.
In 2018, Dion postponed several Las Vegas performances to undergo ear surgery. She had been struggling with a condition in her middle ear, the Patulous Eustachian tube, which caused hearing irregularities and affected her ability to sing. The condition required a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Despite her health issues, Dion was reluctant to share her medical condition with fans, not wanting to disappoint them.
Amid these health challenges, Dion also sparked concerns over her dramatic weight loss, leading to rumors about a possible eating disorder. However, she dismissed these rumors, stating she had always been thin and that her new passion for dancing contributed to her weight loss.
In 2021, Dion began experiencing muscle spasms, leading to the postponement of her "Courage" tour's North American leg. Despite her medical team's efforts, her recovery took longer than expected. The European leg of the tour was also canceled due to the same health issues.
In December 2022, Dion revealed that she had been officially diagnosed with Stiff-person syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Despite her hopes to return to the stage as soon as possible, Dion and her team ultimately canceled the remaining shows of the "Courage" world tour in May 2023. As Dion continues her health journey, fans worldwide send their love and support, eagerly awaiting her return to the stage.