Celine Dion admits singing feels like ‘someone is strangling her’ in emotional interview on stiff person syndrome battle

Celine Dion has opened up about her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome in an emotional interview.

The famous singer admitted that singing feels like “someone is strangling her.”

Celine Dion spoke with Today's Hoda Kotb about her struggles

Celine Dion spoke with Today’s Hoda Kotb about her struggles.
Credit: NBC NEWS

Celine spoke with Hoda Kotb about how Stiff Person Syndrome has affected her singing voice

Celine spoke with Hoda Kotb about how Stiff Person Syndrome has affected her singing voice.
Credit: youtube/TODAY

While speaking with Today’s Hoda Kotb, 59, the hitmaker demonstrated how her vocal range is now unsteady.

Celine, 56, then pointed her fingers to her throat.

“It’s like someone’s pushing your larynx this way,” she explained.

“It’s like you’re talking like that,” Celine continued as her voice shrilled up.

“And you cannot go higher and lower,” she said as her vocals squealed.

“It gets into a spasm.”

Hoda mentioned how Celine had broken a rib “as the result of one of those spasms.”

Celine pointed her attention to her fingers as she explained how they get into a cramping position “where you cannot unlock them.”

The Today Show will have more from their interview with the Canadian singer next week.


This is not the first time the pop music star talked about her diagnosis with Stiff Person Syndrome.

Celine Dion shares a look inside $5M Vegas home where she can feel ‘vulnerable’ ahead of health struggle documentary

In late May, the My Heart Will Go On artist discussed her health struggles in the trailer of her upcoming documentary, I Am: Celine Dion.

While inside her $5 million home in Las Vegas, Celine stretched and continued her physiotherapy from the comfort of her home.

She admitted that dealing with her condition has been a “struggle.”

“I miss it so much,” Celine cried as she reminisced about her time on stage.

What is Stiff Person Syndrome?

Celine Dion stepped out of the spotlight after she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition

Stiff-Person Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that progresses overtime.

The condition causes pain and muscle spasms that worsen over the years.

According to Contact A Family, the condition is characterized by “progressive stiffness and painful spasms in the back and limbs, which are often triggered by touch, noise or anxiety, and exacerbated by movement.”

There is currently no cure, but death from the condition is rare.

Strong spasms to the chest can sometimes cause difficulty breathing.

“If I can’t run, I’ll walk. If I can’t walk, I’ll crawl,” she vowed.

Celine revealed that she has been battling Stiff Person Syndrome since 2022.

The rare neurological disorder can take away the ability to walk or even talk, according to the University College London (UCL).

After her diagnosis, Celine canceled her world tour and has stepped away from the spotlight.

The documentary also featured footage of the star with her rarely-seen twin sons, Eddy and Nelson, 13.

She shares both teenagers and her oldest son, René-Charles, 23, with her late husband, René Angélil.

I Am: Celine Dion is scheduled to stream on Prime Video on June 25.

Celine pictured with her three sons, Rene, Eddy, and Nelson, for the documentary I am: Celine Dion

Celine pictured with her three sons, Rene, Eddy, and Nelson, for the documentary I am: Celine Dion.
Credit: Instagram/Celine Dion

Celine explained to Hoda that her throat feels like 'someone pushing your larynx'

Celine explained to Hoda that her throat feels like ‘someone pushing your larynx’.
Credit: youtube/TODAY

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