Celine Dion puts career on hold

Singer Celine Dion has announced that she is putting a hold on her career to allow her to deal with several family issues.

A statement on her website says "Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues. Since Rene's surgery last December to remove a cancerous tumour, it's been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of fighting this disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children."

Dion recently cancelled several shows in Las Vegas because of a recurring throat condition.

Her 72-year-old husband Rene Angelil stepped down as her manager in July after undergoing throat cancer surgery in December.

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