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Celine Dion axes Las Vegas shows

Celine Dion has cancelled shows in Las Vegas because of an ear condition, telling fans “my luck hasn’t been very good lately”.

A statement posted on Facebook said the 49-year-old Canadian pop star, who was raised Roman Catholic, would be undergoing ‘a minimally invasive surgical procedure’.

Performances in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace from 27th March until 18th April have been cancelled but the singer is expected to return to the venue in May.

The statement said: ‘Celine 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.

‘She has been experiencing this condition for the past 12 to 18 months but it has been successfully treated with various ear drop medications.

‘During the past couple of weeks these medications have no longer been working to treat the condition, so she will undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure to correct the problem.’

The Canadian singer told fans: “My luck hasn’t been very good lately.
“I’ve been so looking forward to doing my shows again and this happens.

“I just can’t believe it! I apologise to everyone who planned to travel to Las Vegas to see my show. I know how disappointing this is, and I’m so sorry.”

In January, some of Ms Dion’s shows were cancelled because of illness.

She also previously cancelled shows in January 2016 following the deaths of her Melkite Catholic husband, René Angélil, and her brother, Daniel Dion.

As previously reported by The Universe, Mr Angélil died on 14th January 2016 –the eve of his 74th birthday – following a long battle with cancer and Mr Dion died only two days later, also following a battle with cancer.

Ms Dion is expected to resume performances at The Colosseum – where Adele has previously watched the star – on 22nd May.

Picture: Celine Dion. (Aurore Marechal/PA).