Singer Celine Dion revealed Thursday that she has been diagnosed with a “very rare” neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome which causes muscle spasms.

As you know, I’ve always been an open book,” Dion told her fans in an Instagram video. “I wasn’t ready to say anything before, but I’m ready now. I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.”

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“Unfortunately, the spasms affect every aspect of my daily life,” the “My Heart Will Go On” artist said. “Sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I’m used to. It hurts me to tell you today, this means, that I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.”

“I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better,” Dion said, adding that her kids René-Charles, 21, and 12-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson are supporting her. “I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again. But I have to admit, it’s been a struggle.”

Dion has three children with her late husband René Angélil.

Dion’s health diagnosis comes months after she postponed her European tour dates. She had announced in April that she had to reschedule Courage World Tour shows amid health struggles.

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Age and Net Worth:

The 54-year-old, who is the best-selling French-language artist of all time, has a net worth of $800 million.


Dion and Angélil’s first son, René-Charles Angélil, was born on January 25 2001. Dion suffered a miscarriage in 2009. In May 2010, Angélil announced that Dion was 14 weeks pregnant with twins after a sixth treatment of in vitro fertilization. On October 23, 2010, Dion gave birth to fraternal twins. The twins were named Eddy, after Dion’s favorite French songwriter, Eddy Marnay; and Nelson, after former South African President Nelson Mandela. She appeared with her newborn sons on the cover of December 9, 2010 issue of the Canadian edition of Hello! magazine.