Celine Dion cancels shows, Manila visit

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


CANADIAN singing superstar Celine Dion has canceled all her showbiz engagements and Asian tour due of health and family reasons.

The announcement was made late Wednesday evening (Manila time) on the 46-year-old's official website.

According to the statement, the singer will focus her time with ailing husband, Rene Angelil, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999.

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"Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100 percent of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues."

It added that since Angelil's operation in December, it has been a stressful time for the whole family, especially for the singer.

"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. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support," Dion wrote on her website.

It was also disclosed that Dion is having health issues.

"Celine has also been fighting an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles, and has not been able to perform any of her scheduled shows in Las Vegas since her last show on July 29th. She has still not recovered from this condition," the statement said.

The singer canceled her scheduled performance, dubbed as "Celine Dion Live in Manila," on November 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Aside from Philippines, the singer also called off four shows in Japan. (Sunnex)

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