Celine Dion Apologises For ‘Cheating’ Her Fans

21 June 2024 | 12:18 pm | Mary Varvaris

Celine Dion apologises for carrying a "heavy" lie: "I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reach out to you."

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Celine Dion has issued an emotional apology to her fans in her documentary, I Am: Celine Dion.

Apologising for “cheating” her fans and hiding her stiff person syndrome for as long as she could, the My Heart Will Go On singer revealed that “the lie was too heavy”.

In the documentary, which had its premiere at BAFTA in London, Dion said (per The Mirror), “There's moments where I cheated, and I tapped the microphone, like it was the microphone's fault.

“I did what my mum said; I didn't flinch. And there's also moments where we had to stop the show. 'Quick change [of clothes]' and I never came back. The lie is too heavy now.”

Addressing her fans on camera, Dion continued, “I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reach out to you. Every day, I have to admit, it’s been a struggle.”

You can watch a trailer for I Am: Celine Dion below. The documentary is arriving on Amazon Prime on Tuesday, 25 June.

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Dion recently stated that living with the condition feels like “somebody’s strangling you”, and when it’s particularly severe, it can lead to broken ribs.

She explained, “Sometimes when it’s very severe, it can break some ribs. It feels like if I point my feet, they will stay [in that position].

“Or if I cook [Dion says she loves to cook], my fingers, my hands will get in position. It’s cramping, but it’s like in a position of like, you cannot unlock them.”

In a statement, Dion said about the documentary, “This last couple of years has been such a challenge for me, the journey from discovering my condition to learning how to live with and manage it, but not to let it define me.

“As the road to resuming my performing career continues, I have realised how much I have missed being able to see my fans. During this absence, I decided I wanted to document this part of my life, to try to raise awareness of this little-known condition, to help others who share this diagnosis.”

Dion first shared her stiff person syndrome diagnosis in December 2022, telling her fans that she’d suffered debilitating muscle spasms due to the condition.

As a result of her diagnosis, Dion was forced to wipe an entire slate of touring.