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Celine Dion postpones two more Montreal shows due to throat virus

Singer Celine Dion performs during her first World Tour show called Courage Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. Dion will be postponing four Montreal performances of her "Courage World Tour."The vocal powerhouse is suffering from a throat virus and is on doctor's orders to take a week off to rest and recover. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL — Celine Dion is postponing two more shows in Montreal due to a throat virus.

The Quebec pop superstar made the announcement on her Facebook page, along with a video in which she apologized to the city and her fans.

The post says the Friday and Saturday performances at Montreal’s Bell Centre for her “Courage World Tour” have been rescheduled for Feb. 18 and 19, 2020.

Last week Dion announced she had to postpone four separate Montreal performances due to doctor’s orders that she take a week off to rest and recover from the illness.

In the newly posted video, she says she was “really looking forward to Montreal” and thought she’d be better by now.

But she adds that “the voice is still not there yet.”

Dion says when she performs for fans, she always wants to give everything she’s got.

“For me, it’s a lot harder to postpone a show than to do a show. I’m so sorry for disappointing you,” Dion said in the video posted Thursday on her Facebook page.

“It’s hard just waiting to get better and I feel like I’m letting you down. I know it’s because of you that I can do what I love.”

The shows scheduled at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Sept. 26, 27, 30 and Oct. 1 were postponed to dates later in November.

Dion’s world tour kicked off Sept. 18 with a performance at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City as she promotes the Nov. 15 release of her new album, “Courage.”

“We got off to such a great start in Quebec, and I was really looking forward to Montreal,” she says in the video, in which she’s sitting in an armchair wearing a zip-up hoodie with sweatpants and her hair in a bun.

“Then this throat virus hit me. Unfortunately, it happens. I really thought I’d be good by now but the voice is still not there yet. And when I perform for you, I always want to give you everything I’ve got. Sorry again, Montreal, and thank you for believing in me from the very, very beginning. I’ll get through this, with your support. I love you. I’ll see you all soon.”

The Canadian Press