She just can't go on – Celine Dion's pulls out of Vegas residency due to health woes

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Celine Dion (seen here performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in March 2011) is set to take a hiatus from performing due to health issues. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Celine Dion (seen here performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in March 2011) is set to take a hiatus from performing due to health issues. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Celine Dion has been forced to cancel her upcoming three-month residency in Sin City as a result of an unforeseen medical condition.

The 53-year-old's first show was due to kick off on 5 November, but in a message on her Instagram account, her team explained what was behind the sudden postponement.

"Celine has been experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing. Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat her. However the symptoms are prohibiting her from participating in the ongoing rehearsals for the show."

The All By Myself hitmaker is "heartbroken" by the news, saying she's been working on her new show for the past eight months. 

'Not being able to open this November saddens me beyond words'
- Celine Dion

She also shared her apologies to "fans who have made plans to come to Las Vegas," concluding that she now "has to focus on getting better".

Celine boasts the highest-grossing Las Vegas residencies of all time. Combined, her two residences from 2003-2007 and then from 2011-2019, have grossed a staggering $681.3 million (nearly R10 billion), putting her ahead of the likes of Elton John, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.

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Celine performing at Caesars Palace during her second residency in March 2011 in Las Vegas. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

After retiring in 2019, the Queen Of Vegas, as she's known, was coaxed back into performing again at the new state-of-the-arts Resorts World. Her current residency is set to run until early February after which she is set to resume her Courage world tour in March. 

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In this screengrab, Celine performs live during the One World: Together At Home concert presented by Global Citizen in April last year to support frontline healthcare workers and the Covid-10 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Her world tour was interrupted by Covid-19 lockdowns last year but she is scheduled to return to the stage in March, performing a string of shows in America and her native Canada. She will then head over to Europe for the remainder of the tour until September.

READ MORE | Her heart will go on: why Celine Dion's not yet ready to fall in love again

In an interview earlier this year, Celine got candid on finding love again after losing her beloved husband of 21 years, René Angelil, in 2016 to throat cancer. "I don't know, I have no idea," she told Today when asked about dating.

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René Angélil, who discovered Celine as a teenager, seen in Paris in 2013. He died in January 2016 at their Las Vegas home aged 73 from throat cancer. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

"But right this second, love is so big right now in my life, with my kids, with life itself. I'm not thinking about a relationship and falling in love again. Do I have to say that it will never happen anymore? I don't know. I don't know."

Last year she admitted that she does miss "to be touched and hugged and told I'm beautiful". 

"I don't want to date but I miss what a boyfriend and what a husband would do'
- Celine Dion

She says losing their father was "quite something" for their three sons, René-Charles (20), who is also a singer, and 10-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.

"I feel like René has given me so much through the years and still today," she added. "I see my kids. I look at them - we live with him. We still live with him. He's part of our lives every day, so I have to say that I feel very, very strong."

In January she honoured the fifth anniversary of his death with a heartfelt message on Instagram. "René, it's been 5 years already . . .There's not one day that we don't think about you," she wrote at the time.

"We're reaching out to you now more than ever, to guide us, protect us, and continue to watch over us."

Sources: Instagram, dailymail.co.uk, billboard.com

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