"The 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," Dion said, tearing up. "I have to admit it's been a struggle. All I know is singing, it's what I've done all my life."
The "My Heart Will Go On" vocalist noted that she has amazing physicians and experts supporting her, and they have been trying to get her back on stage as soon as possible. "I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better," Dion explained. "I'm working with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again."
"I have hope I'm on the road to recovery," the Grammy Award winner heartbreakingly said. "This is my focus, and I'm doing everything I can to recuperate."
According to John Hopkins University, the rare disease, which only affects one in a million people, is defined as a "progressive muscle stiffness and painful spasms" that are triggered by environmental factors such as "sudden movement, cold temperature or unexpected loud noises."
The European leg of her world tour, which was scheduled to start in February, has now been pushed to 2024. Dion's previously scheduled summer shows have been canceled.
The announcement comes over a year after the entertainer was forced to delay the opening of her Las Vegas residency due to the progression of her undiagnosed condition at the time.
“Celine has been experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing. Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat her,” her team said in a October 2021 statement. “However, the symptoms she is experiencing are prohibiting her from participating in the ongoing rehearsals for the new show.”