- Celine Dion is one of the biggest stars in the world
- She has been struggling with her health recently
- THIS new docuseries sheds a light on her condition
It's the story that so many have been waiting, and many more have been waiting for. Get ready to stream the raw and revealing documentary, 'I Am: Céline Dion,' on Amazon Prime Video. It's a story of triumph, tears, and the tenacity of a true diva! After more than two years away from the spotlight due to a rare diagnosis, Céline Dion will open herself up to fans with a new documentary recently acquired by Amazon MGM Studios.
Her heart will go on
Directed by the phenomenal Irene Taylor, an Oscar-nominated maestro of the documentary world, this film promises to be as intimate as it gets. We're talking behind-the-scenes glimpses of Céline's couture wardrobe, tear-jerking moments in the recording studio, and personal reflections that will tug at your heartstrings.
The "My Heart Will Go On" legend has been through the wringer these past few years, grappling with a rare and relentless neurological condition known as stiff person syndrome (SPS). But, in true Céline fashion, she's not letting it silence her. The documentary will showcase the extraordinary lengths she's gone to keep the music playing for her adoring fans.
Céline herself spilled the beans, saying, "This last couple of years has been such a challenge for me... but not to let it define me." She's on a mission to raise awareness and shine a light on SPS, all while making a triumphant return to the stage. Her resilience is nothing short of inspiring!
"This last couple of years has been such a challenge for me, the journey from discovering my condition to learning how to live with and manage it, but not to let it define me," Dion said in a statement.
"As the road to resuming my performing career continues, I have realized how much I have missed it, of being able to see my fans. During this absence, I decided I wanted to document this part of my life to help others who share this diagnosis."
She added that she hopes the film will "raise awareness of this little-known condition". Céline's sister, Claudette, has been a pillar of strength, assuring fans that "She's doing everything to recover." And recover she will, because Céline Dion is a fighter, a survivor, and a beacon of hope.
The official synopsis for the project calls it an "emotional, energetic and poetic love letter to music" and Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios, praises it as "a raw, intimate portrayal of a pivotal time"
Dion hasn't publicly talked much about what she's experiencing outside of that first announcement in 2022, but her health was the subject of speculation in late 2023 when an interview with her sister led to renewed headlines about the Grammy-winning singer's condition.
"She is working hard, but she does not have control of her muscles," her older sister told '7 Jours' magazine in a Dec. 12 interview. There was no further information, and Céline Dion's representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
Stiff person syndrome, first diagnosed in 1956, is a rare autoimmune neurological disorder that can cause progressive muscle stiffness and painful spasms in the lower back, legs and torso. It affects an estimated one to two people in a million.
Fans were heartbroken when the Grammy-winning songbird had to cancel her tour through April 2024 to focus on her health. But according to a source close to the star, Céline's eyes are firmly set on the future. "The goal is for her to tour again for sure, but once she is better," they revealed.
In any case, it's nice to see her back in some way. Dion has sold more than 250m albums during her 40-year career and she recently appeared in the romantic comedy 'Love Again'.
While no release date has been set in stone, anticipation is sky-high for this emotional journey. So, stay tuned, because 'I Am: Céline Dion' is about to take us on a rollercoaster ride of the legendary singer's life, and you won't want to miss a single beat!