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How I Am: Celine Dion Captures the Singer’s Heartbreaking Health Battle





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Celine Dion gets candid in a new documentary and demonstrates the effects SPS has on her vocal range. The documentary’s director on why Dion’s painful story is ultimately one of hope.

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W Magazine: An early scene of I Am: Celine Dion shows the five-time Grammy winner doing what she does best: belting the highest of notes. Fans of the Québécois singer—or really, anyone paying even mild attention to pop culture over the three decades—will instantly recognize the contours of Dion’s powerful vocals. It’s a reminder of why the 56-year-old music legend is so beloved—and of what she stands to lose in the current battle for her health and voice.

 

 The documentary, now in theaters and streaming on Amazon Prime Video June 25th, builds on an Instagram video that Dion posted back in December 2022. In the clip, a tearful Dion speaks directly to her fans, apologizing for canceling her four-year Las Vegas residency. “I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you so much,” she says, before revealing her medical condition: Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), a rare autoimmune neurological disorder that causes painful muscle stiffness and spasms. Her message is one of devastation and remorse for letting down her fans—and in many ways, that’s the central note of I Am: Celine Dion.


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