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Celine Dion Delayed Her Vegas Residency Due to ‘Unforeseen Medical Symptoms’

Celine Dion is postponing her Las Vegas residency slated to begin next month due to a health issue causing “unforeseen medical symptoms.” 

“I’m heartbroken by this,” Dion, 53, wrote in an emotional Instagram post breaking the news to fans on Tuesday. “My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months, and to not be able to open this November saddens me beyond words.”

Dion posted a press release explaining that serious muscle spasms have made her unable to rehearse for the show. “Celine has been experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing,” the release says. “Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat her. However, the symptoms she is experiencing are prohibiting her from participating in the ongoing rehearsals for the new show.” The press release did not discuss any other details related to the muscle spasms.

She also issued an apology to her concert producers and promoters and the fans that were set to attend the show, which was set to run from November 5 to 20, 2021 and then from January 19 to February 5, 2022. “My partners at Resorts World Las Vegas and AEG have been working around the clock to get this brand-new state-of-the-art theatre ready, and it’s absolutely beautiful,” Dion said. “I feel so bad that I’m letting them down, and I’m especially sorry for disappointing all the fans who’ve been making their plans to come to Las Vegas.” (Ticket holders will receive refunds, as well as first access to ticket sales for new performance dates once the show is scheduled to resume, according to the press release.)

Dion added that she hopes to recover quickly. “Now, I have to focus on getting better…I want to get through this as soon as I can,” she wrote. The singer is still set to resume her Courage world tour, which is scheduled to resume beginning March 9, 2022, according to the release. 

Muscle spasms, or sudden involuntary muscle contractions, are pretty common. While uncomfortable and temporarily incapacitating, they are usually not serious and go away on their own, according to the Mayo Clinic. In addition to sharp pain and an inability to use the muscle, these spasms, which often develop in the legs, can also result in a palpable lump of muscle tissue under the skin. 

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