The Canadian megastar Celine Dion, earlier today (8), had to cancel her European tour dates after being diagnosed with incurable ‘Stiff Person Syndrome,’ a very rare neurological disorder that she says affects “every part of her daily life”.
The condition she says is already affecting her to the point she can’t go about her day like she normally would. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.”
Putting her health first, she has had to cancel eight of her Summer 2023 shows and reschedule all Spring 2023 dates to 2024.
Stiff Person Syndrome affects roughly one in a million people and, as the name suggests, it involves muscle spasms and stiffness. Muscles in the torso become stiff and constantly contracted, with many cases spreading to the legs and abdominal muscles. This gives those who have it a rigid gait and, in the worst cases, can even become unable to walk or bend.