Celine Dion seen in public for first time in three and a half years after Stiff Person Syndrome diagnosis

Celine Dion has been seen in public for the first time in years.
Celine Dion has been seen in public for the first time in years. Photo credit: Instagram

Celine Dion has made her first public appearance in over three years after being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome. 

The 'My Heart Will Go On' singer attended an NHL hockey game on Monday (local time) and went to meet the team afterwards. 

"We had a beautiful visit at the game in Vegas yesterday. Thanks @celinedion for your generosity. The whole team is so happy to have met you and your family," a social media post from the Montreal Canadiens' communications manager said. 

Fans were quick to react to the sighting, with many expressing their love for the 55-year-old icon. 

"Celine!!! You look incredible! Sending you hugs! We love you so much!!" one wrote. 

"God how much we missed her," another commented. 

"This is everything… she looks amazing," a third gushed. 

In December last year, Dion postponed several European tour dates after she was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder Stiff Person Syndrome, which impacted her ability to perform. 

Sister Claudette told Le Journal de Montreal in August this year that Dion was "working closely" with researchers who specialised in the condition. 

Stiff Person Syndrome reportedly affects just one person in every million. 

Dion revealed the diagnosis in an emotional video to her millions of fans on social media. 

"While we're still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what's been causing all of the spasms that I've been having," she said.  

"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." 

The incurable disease can cause debilitating muscle spasms and affects the central nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord.