Celine Dion, 54, has postponed the European leg of her “Courage World Tour” because of a health condition, a press release said. “Celine…recently has been treated for severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing, and her recovery is taking longer than she hoped,” the statement said. “Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat the condition.”
Dion also shared a message about the postponed shows with her five million Instagram followers: “I’m getting treatment from my doctors, taking medication, but I’m still experiencing some spasm, and it’s taking longer for me to recover than I had hoped.”
Dion’s team hasn’t shared much information about the underlying cause of her muscle spasms, which have caused multiple delays and postponements in her tour schedule within the last year. In October 2021, she delayed her Las Vegas residency due to “unforeseen medical symptoms.” And in January she had to cancel shows in North America because of the condition.
In her latest Instagram post, Dion said that while she is recovering, she isn’t yet completely healed. “The good news is that I’m doing a little bit better, but it’s going very slow. And it’s frustrating for me,” she explained. “I need to be in top shape when I’m onstage. I honestly can’t wait. But I’m just not there yet.”
Muscle spasms, also called muscle cramps, are an uncomfortable, tightening contraction of the muscles according to Cleveland Clinic. These spasms, often unpredictable and involuntary, most commonly occur in the abdomen, thighs, calves, feet, hands, and arms; they can last from a few seconds to 15 minutes or longer. Dehydration, nerve discharges, restricted blood flow, exercising in high temperatures, or muscular fatigue can cause muscle spasms, and the best way to relieve them is by stretching out the affected area or massaging it with a foam roller or your hands. You can also try walking around, applying a heat pad or ice pack, or taking painkillers (such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen). Some experts also suggest a daily vitamin B12 supplement may help, per Cleveland Clinic.
Dion’s postponed tour dates have been rescheduled for 2023; the first shows will be held from February to April, and the later leg will last from August to October. A full list of the new world tour dates are available on her website. In her Instagram post, Dion expressed appreciation for her fans and the messages of support she’s been receiving, saying, “All I can say is that I’m doing my best to get back to the level that I need to be so that I can give one hundred percent at my shows.”