Celine Dion cancels Las Vegas residency, shows in Asia

Celine Dion announced the postponement of all shows on Wednesday, August 13 in order to focus on her family and health issues. The singer’s husband, Rene Angelil, 72 has been suffering from cancer and underwent surgery late last year. Dion herself has postponed performances recently due to inflammation in her throat muscles. The singer released a statement on her website apologizing to fans and asking for understanding.

"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. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support. I also appreciate the understanding of my long-term partners AEG and Caesars Entertainment during this difficult time.”

Dion said she wants to devote one hundred percent of her time to her husband’s healing and spending time together with their three children. Dion herself has not been able to perform since July, 29, due to an illness affecting her throat muscles. Her family has asked that their privacy be respected at this time.

All dates of her show titled “Celine” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will be cancelled through March 22, 2015. The singer is also canceling her tour of Asia, scheduled for this fall. Ticket holders for the canceled performances can get a refund for a cash sale by presenting tickets at the original point of sale. Tickets purchased with a credit card will be refunded to the credit card used for purchase.

Celine Dion first began performing in Las Vegas in 2003. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was designed especially for the singer's "A New Day…” a Franco Dragone production show that integrated her music with cirque performance art. The residency lasted for five years and grossed more than 400 million dollars. In 2011, Dion returned to Caesars Palace for a new show called “Celine.”