The singer explained that the “day-to-day challenges” were just too much.
“I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing,” she said in a statement, “and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children.”
But Celine Dion is also fighting an undisclosed illness which has caused “inflammation in her throat muscles”, according to a press release, and prevented her from performing any of her Las Vegas concerts since 29 July. “It’s been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with ... fighting [René’s] disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children,” her spokesperson wrote.
In 1994 Celine Dion got married to René Angélil, her long time manager, when she was 26, and they have three children together.
Dion’s most recent album, Loved Me Back To Life, was released in November last year. Based on almost $12 million (£7m) in earnings from her 60 Las Vegas concerts, Billboard named her the 23rd-highest-paid musician of 2013.