Céline Dion Pushes For Stage Comeback Despite Health Challenges; Reveals Plausible Las Vegas Show Plans

Céline Dion candidly discussed her ongoing health struggles in a recent interview, shedding light on her journey to recovery amidst SPS challenges. The singer also revealed Las Vegas show plans.

Published on Jun 15, 2024  |  04:37 PM IST |  45.2K
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Céline Dion says she's trying her best to get back on stage with a new Las Vegas show.

The French-Canadian crooner, in a recent interview with BBC News, revealed she struggled to sing live long before she was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder, Stiff Person Syndrome. The condition, for the unversed, causes muscles to spasm around the body.

Dion said that while she was still doing stage shows, she had to request the conductor of her backing musicians to bring certain songs down a key sometimes.

Céline Dion discusses struggles with SPS and her road to recovery


"I was just feeling a little strange, like a little spasm," Dion told BBC News in an interview published June 14. "My voice was struggling, I was starting to push a little bit."

By asking the conductor to bring the keys a note down, Dion told the publication she was hoping it might give her voice a chance to recover because taking time off at the time felt impossible. "These shows were sold out for a year and a half, going around the globe," Dion noted, quipping, "And I'm going to say to people, 'Excuse me about my spasm? Excuse me about my je ne sais quoi?"'

Eventually, however, it became all too much for the crooner to handle, and as the world knows, Dion revealed her Stiff Person Syndrome diagnosis in a December 2022 Instagram video.

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Now, "My goal is to be part of the funds and raise money for awareness and to find a cure. That would be amazing," Dion says.

About Céline Dion's plausible Las Vegas show


"We have been working so hard to put this show together because I am back," Dion enthusiastically told BBC News, adding, "I'll be on stage. I don't know when exactly, but trust me I will scream it out loud."

"I can't wait," she concluded.

For now, though, the My Heart Will Go On singer’s fans can see her recent health struggles and how it has affected her life in a new documentary titled I Am: Celine Dion, directed by Irene Taylor. It arrives June 25 on Amazon Prime.

FAQ

How did Stiff Person Syndrome affect Céline Dion's performances?
While continuing her stage shows, Dion had to request her backing musicians to adjust certain songs down a key at times to accommodate her voice during spasms.

What are Céline Dion's goals regarding her health condition?
Dion aims to raise awareness about Stiff Person Syndrome and contribute to efforts towards finding a cure through advocacy and fundraising.

What is Céline Dion's latest career announcement?
Céline Dion enthusiastically announced her plans for a new Las Vegas show, expressing her determination to return to the stage despite her health challenges.

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