Celine Dion had to cancel three weeks of upcoming Las Vegas performances last month in order to undergo ear surgery, and a source tells ET that the singer was very reluctant to tell fans she was suffering from a medical issue.
“She worries she is letting them down,” the source says.
“Celine is guarded and private about her personal health," the source adds. "She doesn't like to complain, but she was having a very hard time."
Dion's team announced on Facebook on March 21 that the iconic sing has been dealing with a condition in her middle ear known as Patulous Eustachian tube, which causes hearing irregularities and makes it extremely difficult to sing. As a result, she had to cancel performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 27 to April 18 to undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
According to the source, it hasn’t been easy for Dion to be sidelined with an ear condition, since it’s keeping her from what she loves most: performing. She is scheduled to resume performances on May 22.
“Her ear condition got so bad, she has no choice but to take care of it," the source notes. "Her hearing has been affected for more than a year, so this surgery has been a long time coming. Her friends feel that once she gets back out on the stage to perform, she'll feel better. This is situational and she has many shows ahead of her and time to shine.”
Dion turned 50 years old last Friday, and celebrated by giving fans a one-of-a-kind look at her incredible life. The singer's team took to Facebook to share a sweet video paying tribute to Dion with never-before-seen family photos.
-- Reporting by Adriane Schwartz
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