Céline Dion calls hiatus on music career 'indefinitely'

Singer cancels her Asia tour and Vegas shows in order to look after husband René Angélil, who had a cancerous tumour removed last December

Céline Dion has cancelled all concert dates, including a major upcoming tour, in order to care for “her husband, their family, and associated health issues”. The singer will “postpone all show business activities” for the indefinite future, explaining that the “day-to-day challenges” were just too much.

Dion’s main concern is her husband, 72-year-old René Angélil, who had a cancerous tumour removed last December. “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing,” she said in a statement, “and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children.”

But Dion is herself fighting an undisclosed illness. It has caused “inflammation in her throat muscles”, according to a press release, and prevented her from performing any of her Las Vegas concerts since 29 July. “It’s been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with ... fighting [René’s] disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children,” her spokesperson wrote. Dion said she wanted to apologise “for inconveniencing” her fans, thanking them for their “love and support”.

This indefinite hiatus brings a temporary end to Dion’s residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where she has been performing on and off since 2003. Her current show, which debuted in 2011, was due to run through 2019. She has also called off a fall tour of Asia.

Angélil, Dion’s longtime manager, discovered Dion when she was 12 years old. They married in 1994, when Dion was 26, and have three children together, including twins born in 2010. In a press conference this past July, Dion said that Angélil was doing “really well” despite having recently stepped down as her manager. “He’s working really hard on his health ... he’s really being disciplined, which is not an easy thing for him.”

Dion’s most recent album, Loved Me Back To Life, was released in November and debuted at No 3 on the UK chart. Based on almost $12 million (£7m) in earnings from her 60 Las Vegas concerts, Billboard named her the 23rd-highest-paid musician of 2013.

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