Celine Dion has made her first public appearance in 4 years after being diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome. Dion, 55, made an appearance with her son René-Charles Angélil, 22, at the T-Moblie Arena. Their appearance came during a game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis reminisced about the first time he ever saw Dion. “I remember when you were 14 years old, you sang for the pope ‘Une colombe,'” St. Louis said, speaking about Dion’s performance at the Olympic Stadium in Greece in 1984.
Dion also provided some advice to the hockey players before their game. “Stay strong, healthy – nothing wrong,” she said. “Do what you do best.”
In December 2022, Dion posted an emotional video to Instagram where she disclosed that she’d been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome. The condition makes Dion have severe muscle spasms in the past.
“The 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,” Dion said. “I have to admit it’s been a struggle. All I know is singing, it’s what I’ve done all my life.”