The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip today has begun refunding tickets purchased for Celine Dion’s upcoming concerts after the vocalist canceled her future shows, citing family health issues. In a statement released on Wednesday, the multi-Grammy-winning songstress said, “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’s spouse and former manager, René Angélil, is still recovering from surgery he had last December for throat cancer, which entailed doctors having to remove portions of the now-72-year-old’s tongue to give him the ability to speak. In 1998, physicians in Dallas, TX, successfully removed a malignant lump from Angélil’s neck.
Furthermore, Dion’s handlers say the beloved singer-songwriter has not yet recovered fully from an illness that affected muscles in her throat. Due to that affliction, Dion was forced to take a hiatus from entertainment during this summer.
Dion has cleared her calendar through March 22, 2015, to concentrate on her healing, her husband’s continued recovery and their family. Dion and Angélil have three children together, René-Charles, 13, and three-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson. Her canceled engagements also include a tour of Asia that was slated for the fall season.
“I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support,” Dion said in the statement.
Possessing a five-octave vocal range, Dion is recognized as being one of pop music's most influential voices. Some of the recording artists on which her style has had a profound effect include Rihanna, Adele, Jennifer Hudson and Frank Ocean. With record sales exceeding 200 million copies worldwide, Dion remains the best-selling Canadian artist of all time.