Celine Dion Postpones Career "Indefinitely," Focusing Attention on Family, Husband Rene Angelil, Health Issues

Celebrity News Aug. 13, 2014 AT 10:30AM
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil Celine Dion is postponing any career activities "indefinitely" to focus on husband Rene Angelil's health, their kids, and her own well-being Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

It's family first for Celine Dion. The five-time Grammy winner announced in a press release on Wednesday, Aug. 13, that she is postponing her career "indefinitely" to focus on her family, husband Rene Angelil, and the couple's health issues.

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Dion's husband of 20 years, 72-year-old Angelil, underwent surgery last December to remove a tumor from his throat. He was previously diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999. (Angelil stepped down as Dion's manager after 30 years in June.)

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According to the press release, it has been "very difficult and stressful" to juggle Angelil's disease, to keep up with show business, and raise their three children — Rene-Charles, 13, and 4-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson.

The "Because You Loved Me" singer, however, has been dealing with health issues of her own. She's previously cancelled several performances due to an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles. Her last show was on July 29.

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"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," Dion, 46, said in a statement. "I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support."

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Dion extended her Las Vegas contract to 2019 last March. She's now cancelled her shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace until further notice. Her Asia tour scheduled for later this year has also been cancelled.

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