Céline Dion is not known to cancel her concerts on a whim. As an artist, she's famously known for her bubbly personality and her unwavering professionalism. However, times are tough in the artist's home, as Dion is helping her husband René Angélil battle cancer.
As we reported, Angélil stepped down as Dion's manager after guiding the singer's career for over 30 years. Back in June, it was announced that instead of managing Dion's career René would become the chairman of Feeling Productions. In turn he handed over the position of chief executive officer to friend Aldo Giampaolo.
After being diagnosed for the second time with throat cancer, René had a tumor removed late last year. Now a statement has been released by the singer's official site about the future of her residency in Las Vegas. In the wake of a very difficult time, Dion is canceling shows to help her husband recover.
In a formal statement released by Dion, the singer said that she wanted to dedicate herself to her husband and their family.
"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children."
The singer addresses her fans and their possible disappointment due to her cancelled shows.
"I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support."
Prior to Dion's statement, her official site posted a brief message about the cancellation of her residency at Las Vegas' Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
"Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband René, their family, and associated health issues."
Additionally her site concluded that Dion has been fighting an inflammatory illness and hasn't performed since her show on July 31 due to the stress on her throat muscles.
René's battle with cancer started when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999. Back then, Dion took a break from her touring obligations to help her husband battle his condition. As stated, Dion's husband was diagnosed for the second time last year.
Aside from their long business partnership, the two have been in a relationship since 1987. At the time she was 19, and he was 45-years-old. The couple were engaged in 1991 and married in 1994 in Montreal. Dion and Angélil have three children René-Charles, 13, and twins, Eddy and Nelson, who are 3-years-old.
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