Céline Dion taking break to care for ailing husband René Angélil

TORONTO — Canadian singer Céline Dion has announced she is putting her career on hold so she can focus on caring for husband René Angélil.

Dion, 46, is postponing her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and cancelling a scheduled fall tour of Asia.

In a statement, the singer said: “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children.”

Angélil, 72, had surgery in December to remove a cancerous tumour from his throat.

According to the statement, it has been a “very difficult and stressful time” for the couple.

In June, it was announced that Angélil handed over management of Dion’s career to longtime friend Aldo Giampaolo.

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At a press conference in Montreal last month, Dion insisted her husband is doing well.

“He’s working really hard on his health and he’s being a dad at the house, which I’m really happy about,” she told reporters.

“You have no choice. Life imposes some things on you but he’s doing really well. He’s working hard, he’s really being disciplined, which is not an easy thing for him. So he’s very disciplined, he’s working hard, he’s playing with the kids, he’s having a good time.”

The couple, married since 1994, has three sons.

Earlier this month Dion cancelled several shows in Vegas due to throat issues of her own.

“I want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them,” Dion said in her statement on Wednesday, “and I thank them so much for their love and support.”