Her music will go on! Celine Dion, 55, set to release first new song in four years – amid battle with neurological disorder known as stiff-person syndrome
Celine Dion has dropped her first new music in four years and it comes four months after she revealed she’s suffering from stiff-person syndrome.
The song, Love Again is for the movie of the same name, in which the My Heart Will Go On Singer, 55, also makes her film debut, starring alongside Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra.
NEW TRACK ALERT!’ she wrote on Instagram on Thursday.
‘Available now, Love Again, the title track from the motion picture. Mark your calendars, on May 5, the movie hits theatres and on May 12, the full album, featuring 5 new Celine songs, will be available!’
Dion plays herself in the film, which also features a cameo from Chopra’s husband Nick Jonas.
‘I had a lot of fun doing this movie,’ Dion said in a press release. ‘And to have the privilege of appearing with the beautiful and talented actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan in my very first feature film is a gift that I will cherish forever.
‘I think it’s a wonderful feel-good story, and I hope that people will like it, and like the new songs too.’
In December, the Because You Loved Me singer revealed that she was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome.
The condition, which affects one in a million people and w causes her muscles to tense uncontrollably ultimately leaves sufferers as ‘human statues’ as it progressively locks the body into rigid positions, leaving sufferers unable to walk or talk.
While there is no cure for SPS, there are treatments that slow down the progression and Celine revealed she is doing all she can to minimize symptoms.
The Power of Love singer addressed her fans in a tearful Instagram post on December 8 as she revealed it forced her to postpone her European tour.
‘Hello everyone, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person,’ she wrote.
‘As you know, I’ve always been an open book and I wasn’t ready to say anything before but I’m ready now.
‘I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it has been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.
Recently, I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff person syndrome, which affects one in a million people.
‘While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been having.’
Detailing the impact the condition has had on her, Celine continued: ‘Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.
‘It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.
‘I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me help.
‘I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again but I have to admit it’s been a struggle.
‘All I know is singing it’s what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most.
‘I miss you so much. I miss seeing all of you being on the stage performing for you.
‘I always give 100 percent when I do my show but my condition is now allowing me to give you that right now.
‘For me to reach you again, I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment, and I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery.
‘This is my focus, and I’m doing everything I can to recuperate.
‘I want to thank you so much for your wishes and love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me.
Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you guys so much and I really hope I can see you again real soon.