Was Celine Dion forced to attend her son’s wedding in a wheelchair after suffering from Stiff Person Syndrome?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-06-30 : Added video and other updates
Originally posted @ 2023-04-13
Claim : Celine Dion Attended Her Son’s Wedding In Wheelchair!
People are sharing TikTok and YouTube videos which claim to show Celine Dion attending her son’s wedding in a wheelchair, after being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome.
It’s just so heart breaking to watch !!
Singer Celine Dion attending her son’s wedding, she was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition known as stiff-person syndrome.
A reminder that health is the most important aspect of life…..
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Truth : Celine Dion Did Not Attend Her Son’s Wedding In A Wheelchair!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to go viral on TikTok and other social media platforms, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Celine Dion Revealed Her Diagnosis In December 2022
First, let’s start with a quick recap on Celine Dion’s recent health problems.
Celine Dion (born Céline Marie Claudette Dion on 30 March, 1968) announced in an emotional video on 8 December 2022, that she had been struggling with health issues for a long time.
She did not mention how long ago she started experiencing muscle spasms, but they became so “severe and persistent” that on 19 October 2021, she delayed her Las Vegas residency. Then on 15 January 2022, she was forced to cancel the US and Canadian concerts from 9 March to 22 April 2022.
It was only recently that the muscle spasms Celine Dion was suffering from was diagnosed as Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) – a rare neurological disorder with features of an autoimmune disease.
I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time. And it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.
Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome which affects something like one-in-a-million people.
While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms I’ve been having.
Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.
Fact #2 : That Was Kathy Poirier, Not Celine Dion
The lady in the wheelchair was not Celine Dion, but a 55 year-old mother called Kathy Poirier from Florida.
Kathy Poirier suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a progressive nervous system disease that causes a loss of muscle control.
When her 28 year-old son, Zak Poirier, married Anja d’Adesky, 27, on 9 April 2022, she had already lost the ability to walk, and arrived in a wheelchair.
Fact #3 : Kathy Poirier Danced With Her Son
The viral TikTok video was edited to show Celine Dion (really Kathy Poirier) being lifted to hug her son who tears up, before she is placed back on her wheelchair.
In the real video, Kathy actually danced with her son on his wedding day! In his now-deleted Instagram post, Zak explained:
My Mom was diagnosed with ALS shortly before I graduated law school. Since that time, I’ve watched her bravely fight her diagnosis and challenge the odds against her.
Despite not being able to stand on her own, my Mom and I shared a dance at my wedding. She inspires me every day to be humble, kind and selfless. Love you Mom.
On that day, Zak and his two brothers escorted her to the dance floor for the mother-son dance. The three brothers then lifted her off the wheelchair.
With his brothers holding her upright, Kathy Poirier was able to dance with Zak that day. Her sons then lowered her back onto her wheelchair while their guests gave them a standing ovation.
Their wedding planner, Root to Stems also posted a video on Instagram, which went viral last year.
Fact #5 : Celine Dion Can Still Stand + Walk
Just to be clear, Celine Dion is not suffering from ALS, but from SPS – Stiff Person Syndrome.
As of April 2023, Celine Dion is able to stand and walk on her own, as well as sing and act. This is obvious from the posts (example) she made to promote her movie with Priyanka Chopra and Sam Heughan – Love Again.
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Fact #6 : This Is Just Another Fake TikTok Video
This is just another example of fake videos created by TikTok content creators to go viral, and here are other examples you may have seen:
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