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VIDEO: Celine Dion Speaks On Her Health Challenges, Says I Hid My Illness For 17 Years Before Making It Public



VIDEO: Celine Dion Speaks On Her Health Challenges, Says I Hid My Illness For 17 Years Before Making It Public

Popular Canadian singer, Celine Dion has made revelations about her health challenges.

The singer admitted that hiding her illness from her fans was a heavy burden, describing it as “too much” for her to bear.

She was diagnosed with the rare autoimmune neurological disorder in 2022 but had been dealing with its effects for nearly two decades.

In an emotional preview of her upcoming interview with Today show host Hoda Kotb, the Canadian singer discussed the pain of keeping her condition hidden from the public.

She admitted that pretending to be fine while feeling like her “body was leaving her” was incredibly difficult in the chat, set to air on NBC on Tuesday night.

The acclaimed songstress also said that she initially ignored the signs of her illness, while her late husband, René Angélil, battled throat cancer before he died in 2016 at the age of 73.

Dion shared: “We did not know what was going on [with me]. I did not take the time… I should have stopped, took the time to figure it out.

“And like it wasn’t enough, my husband as well is fighting for his own life.”


VIDEO: Celine Dion Speaks On Her Health Challenges, Says I Hid My Illness For 17 Years Before Making It Public


After her husband’s death, Dion said she found it challenging raising her children, René-Charles, 23, and twins Nelson and Eddy, 13, with her career, all while keeping her deteriorating health a secret from the public.

She continued: “I had to raise my kids, I had to hide, I had to try to be a hero – while feeling my body leaving me,’ she continued. ‘[I was] holding on to my dreams.

But she said ‘lying’ eventually became ‘too much,’ adding, “Lying for me was… The burden was too much. Lying to the people who got me to where I am today, I could not do it anymore.

After the interview aired, the broadcaster reflected on her conversation with Dion to her cohosts and revealed that the My Heart Will Go On singer had confided in her about battling the disease for 17 years.

Kotb shared: “She had it for 17 years and she didn’t know what was wrong and she was worried. Her voice was gone, her body was failing her, she was tripping and falling, all these things were happening.”

The journalist added that Dion “almost died from it” but emphasised that the singer is now “on the road” to recovery.

Recall that the music superstar, whose best-known hits include Think Twice and It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, revealed her diagnosis in December 2022 as she canceled her Courage World Tour.

Stiff person syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that causes progressive muscular stiffness, which can cause spasms.

Celine Dion has documented her health battle in a new Prime Video film called I Am Celine Dion, which is set to air on June 25.

Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor, it will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Canadian singer’s life since being diagnosed and the lengths she has gone to to carry on performing.

The main symptoms of SPS are muscle stiffening and spasming and there is currently no cure for the disease, but there are ways for it to be treated including through the use of muscle sedatives and relaxants.

Physical and occupational therapy is also a treatment route for people with SPS.

Dion has sold more than 250 million albums during her 40-year career, earning five Grammys, two Oscars, and the Billboard Music Award Lifetime Achievement Icon award.

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