Following Her Diagnosis, Celine Dion Is Not Sure if She'll Ever Perform Again

Celine Dion has stiff person syndrome, which makes performing exceptionally difficult.


Jun. 26 2024, Published 11:10 a.m. ET

Celine Dion at the 66th Grammy Awards.
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She is widely regarded as one of the great singers in the history of popular music, but for the past few years, Celine Dion has been unable to perform. In an interview from 2024, though, Celine said that she hoped to one day be able to retake the stage and perform again.

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As more and more fans learn about Celine's condition and its heartbreaking ramifications, many want to know what her future in performance looks like. Here's what we know about whether she still sees performing as part of her future.

Celine Dion at the premiere of I Am Celine for Prime Video.
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Does Celine Dion still perform?

Celine canceled tour dates multiple times over the course of 2022 before officially announcing that she had been diagnosed with stiff person syndrome (SPS). SPS is a progressive neurological disorder that muscle spasms in the torso, arms and legs, as well as muscle spasms and increased sensitivity to noise. She has not performed since, and because the disease is progressive, many were not hopeful about her chances of returning to the stage.

In an interview with Vogue France, though, Celine herself said that she still wants to return to performing.

"Five days a week I undergo athletic, physical and vocal therapy. I work on my toes, my knees, my calves, my fingers, my singing, my voice," she said. “I have to learn to live with it now and stop questioning myself. At the beginning I would ask myself: Why me? How did this happen? What have I done? Is this my fault?”

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Celine added that she was not sure whether she would be able to come back to the stage.

"I can’t answer that… Because for four years I’ve been saying to myself that I’m not going back, that I’m ready, that I’m not ready... As things stand, I can’t stand here and say to you: 'Yes, in four months.' I don’t know... My body will tell me," she explained.

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Can Celine Dion still sing?

It's unclear how well Celine can sing at this point, but one thing is for sure: She still loves to sing.

"I started performing when I was 5," she said. "Did I want to be a singer? I never had time to ask myself that question. Did people come to see me to hear me tell jokes or to hear me sing? I am a singer."

"I sing in English, in French, I’ve sung in Mandarin, I’ve sung in Japanese, in Spanish and in Italian and people have come, they’ve always come," she added. "That, for me, was the proof that I was, and that I am, truly a singer. One thing’s for sure, I’ll love that feeling until the day I die."

Will Celine Dion tour again?

The answer to whether Celine will perform again and whether she'll tour again are likely the same. She doesn't know, but she certainly hopes to be able to. "I’ve chosen to work with all my body and soul, from head to toe, with a medical team. I want to be the best I can be. My goal is to see the Eiffel Tower again!" she said.

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