Céline Dion has made a second public appearance within a week after three years of keeping out of the public eye since being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome. The singer was snapped by adoring fans amongst the crowd during a Katy Perry show at her Las Vegas residency just days after she was snapped attending a Montreal Canadiens ice hockey game. Celine Dion’s health has been under the spotlight since announcing her diagnosis in December 2022 and subsequently cancelling her highly anticipated world tour.
Celine was snapped by fans in the audience at the Katy Perry show on Sunday, November 5, wearing a cheetah print top and matching pants and a black blazer. Katy Perry’s final Las Vegas residency show was truly a star-studded affair, alongside Celine Dion, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden were also in attendance.
Celine’s appearance at the show comes just a few days after the singer attended a Montreal Canadiens ice hockey game on November 2, 2023, where she was snapped alongside the coach and the team’s players after their game in Las Vegas.
The My Heart Will Go On singer posted the pictures to her Instagram writing, “My boys and I had such a fun time visiting with the Montreal Canadiens after their hockey game with Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas Monday night. They played so well, what a game!! Thank you for meeting us after the game, guys! That was memorable for all of us. Have a great season!”
Céline visited the game alongside her sons René-Charles, and twins Nelson and Eddy.
What happened to Céline Dion?
French Canadian singer Céline Dion’s health began declining in 2020 and she revealed in December 2022 that she had been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome. The singer explained that the syndrome had been causing muscle spasms.
Céline subsequently cancelled her tour dates in May 2023 after previously cancelling tour dates in 2022.
“I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%… I want you all to know, I’m not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!” Céline wrote on her official tour website at the time.
Following this, the powerhouse vocalist’s social media accounts began posting archival footage and promotional material for the romantic comedy Love Again in Céline’s absence.
What is stiff person syndrome?
Stiff Person Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder which causes the body’s muscles to stiffen or spasm.
According to the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), people with Stiff Person Syndrome may also develop sensitivity to noise and touch which can cause distress and trigger muscle spasms.
According to the NINDS, there is currently no cure for Stiff Person Syndrome, however, the symptoms of the disorder can be managed with muscle-relaxant medications, anti-seizure medication and immunotherapy.
How is Céline Dion’s health now?
Fans recently got insight into Céline Dion’s health after her sister Claudette told Hello! Canada that the singer is a “strong woman” who is doing “everything to recover”.
Claudette also revealed that her sister had been suffering muscle spasms as a result of her Stiff Person Syndrome, saying, “It’s an illness we know so little about. There are spasms – they’re impossible to control. You know who people often jump up at night because of a cramp in the leg or the calf? It’s a bit like that, but in all muscles.
“There’s little we can do to support her, to alleviate her pain.”
Her sister Suzette also provided an update on the singer saying, “We can’t find any medicine that works, but having hope is important,” she told French Canadian publication Le Journal de Montreal.
Céline’s other sister Linda has reportedly moved into the singer’s Las Vegas home to care for her, alongside her sons.