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Celine Dion Cancels Concerts to Care for Sick Husband

Celine Dion has cancelled all her live dates and work commitments indefinitely so she can care for her husband René Angélil as he recovers from an operation to remove a cancerous tumour from his throat.

Celine Dion appears on the TV show 'Vivement dimanche' in Paris

The 46-year-old singer has postponed her Las Vegas residency, axed her tour of Asia and pulled out of any other commitments for the foreseeable future so she can support her spouse René Angélil, who had a cancerous tumour removed from his throat last December.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Celine said: “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 apologise to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support … at this very difficult and stressful time.

The ‘One Heart’ singer – who has three children with René, 13-year-old son René-Charles and three-year-old fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson – has been suffering from inflammation of her throat muscles in recent weeks which has presented her from singing at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino since July 29.

Following his surgery, René, 72, relinquished his position as his wife’s manager this year, handing over control of Celine’s career to his long-time friend and frequent collaborator Aldo Giampaolo – who has worked with the couple for 25 years.

Aldo is the CEO of Feeling Productions, Celine’s management company, while René will continue in his position as chairman of the board.

12 Comments on Celine Dion Cancels Concerts to Care for Sick Husband

  1. Celine and her Husband are human just like the rest of us and they get sick just like the rest of us so why not take the time off to get better and of course spend time with her Husband, who cares what the age difference is, they love each other that is what matters,they have three children together. There are way too many people out there that have no one and are alone, some is by choice, but they fell in love, why not leave them alone and not judge.
    Prayers are with them both for a speedy recovery.

  2. Lisette Beauvais // August 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm //

    Celine and Rene

    My thoughts` and best wishes are with you . I wish Rene a full recovery and both of you many more years of happiness . I absolutely love you both, him for mentoring you and you ffor your beautiful songs. Thank you

  3. Dion’s cancellations have nothing to do with hubby n family—it was on the news a few days ago–her vocal chords are gimped!!! What arrogance!!!

  4. Joanna, being a Quebeciose has nothing to do with it. People like you are the reason so many have a bad impression of Francophones, you are a terrible example. As for Celine, she has done the right thing in releasing a press release to let fans know why she will not be performing. I wish them both all the very best.

  5. If you are going to cancel concerts of this magnitude naturally you have to say why! That does not qualify as looking for free promotions. I lost my husband to lung cancer and could have quit my job, but with little income I decided not to. Now I regret not staying home and being with him. I am glad she through all aside for now.
    Good luck to both of them. With Cancer they are gong to need it.

  6. His a creepy guy

  7. So Joanna only Quebeciose take care of their families ? Try she is a good loving wife, who is tending to the needs of her husband, that’s all nothing more,nothing less.

  8. Regardless of her fame, wealth and international career, Celine Dion is still a Québecoise at heart and she is doing what she thinks is right for her family – regardless of however anyone else wants to “spin” this. I will her, René, and their children the best at this difficult time.

  9. snagglepuss // August 19, 2014 at 12:43 am //

    Jack…do you have a clue how the media works.
    Guaranteed when People heard that Celine was cancelling engagements THEY called her to find out why.
    As well, people who had prepurchased tickets (which aren’t cheap) have a right to know why they concerts are cancelled.
    As the saying goes…GET A LIFE!!!

  10. Celine and Rene

    My thoughts` and best wishes are with you . I wish Rene a full recovery and both of you many more years of happiness . I absolutely love you both, him for mentoring you and you ffor your beautiful songs. Thank you .

  11. well if she hadn’t married her grandfather.

  12. Jack Dendy // August 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm //

    Wow ! Again Dion whats world wide acclaim …This time to help her husband…..She makes me wantt to get sick….Dion, it is just a normal duty of a wife or partner to assist family members when they need help….Not to get more free promotions about yourself and how great you are in doing this …

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