Ce­line Dion halts Asia tour for hus­band

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE inWash­ing­ton

Pop diva Ce­line Dion has in­def­i­nitely halted her show busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and can­celed her up­com­ingAsia tour to care for her hus­band as he bat­tles ill health, she said on Wed­nes­day.

“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 says on her Face­book page.

“I also want to apol­o­gize to allmy fans ev­ery­where, for in­con­ve­nienc­ing them, and I thank them so much for their love and sup­port.”

The Asia tour had been sched­uled to take place later this year and in­cluded gigs in Tokyo on Nov 18 and 19, and in­Manila on Nov 29.

Rene An­gelil, Dion’s hus­band, had a can­cer­ous tu­mor re­moved from his throat in De­cem­ber.

Since then, “it has been a very dif­fi­cult and stress­ful time for the cou­ple as they deal with the day-to-day chal­lenges of fight­ing this dis­ease while try­ing to jug­gle a very ac­tive show busi­ness sched­ule, and raise their three young chil­dren”, the Face­book post says.

It also says the world fa­mous Cana­dian singer has her­self been suf­fer­ing from a con­di­tion that caused her throat mus­cles to be­come in­flamed, forc­ing her to can­cel her sched­uled shows in Las Ve­gas since her last per­for­mance on July 29.

The five-time Grammy win­ner has per­formed in the “sin city” full-time for more than three years, wow­ing crowds with her big­gest hits that in­clude the theme song for theHol­ly­wood block­buster Ti­tanic (1997) star­ring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet — My Heart Will Go On.

In June, An­gelil stepped down as Dion’s man­ager — a po­si­tion he had held for more than 30 years.

Dion met An­gelil at the begin­ning of her ca­reer in 1981, when­she­was12 and he was 38.

The cou­ple be­gan a re­la­tion­ship when Dion turned 19, and they mar­ried in Mon­treal in 1994. They have three boys, the youngest ofwhomare twins.

It was un­clearhow­long Dion’s hia­tus would last.

“Ce­line and fam­ily have re­quested that their pri­vacy be re­spected at this time,” the Face­book post says.

As word of Dion’s de­ci­sion spread, mes­sages of en­cour­age­ment popped up on so­cial me­dia.

“Fam­ily first xx we love you Ce­line xxx,” one fan, Linda Lavoie, posts on the singer’s page.

Jean Yves Si­mon in front of his paint­ing Lost at his stu­dio in Heiqiao, an art vil­lage in Bei­jing.

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