Céline Dion Performs Emotional Tribute to Late Husband Reneé Angélil (VIDEO)
Céline Dion honored her late husband, René Angélil, on May 17 with an emotion-packed concert at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. It was the singer’s first performance since opening up about René’s death on Good Morning America earlier this week.
René, Céline’s manager and husband of 21 years, died of throat cancer on January 14, and it’s clear the loss is still fresh for the 48-year-old.
“I would like to express my deep appreciation for the support and love you have given my whole family during the most difficult time of our lives,” Céline told the 4,000-person crowd.
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Per DailyMail.com, the “Because You Loved Me” singer was visibly emotional during several parts of the performance, telling the crowd, “We're all doing very well. The kids are fine, I'm fine. And I guess if I'm fine, they'll follow, and they'll be OK.”
The mother of three — son Rene-Charles is 15 and twin boys Eddy and Nelson are 5 — clearly drew on the strength of the audience. After taking selfies with fans, she declared, “I'm certainly extremely glad that you're all here tonight to sing, laugh, share memories, and even go to new places together if it's OK with you. So let's do this together, let's go all the way together.”
Before introducing a slow ballad, the singing sensation told the appreciative audience, “This song is very personal to me. By now you know everything about me. Every proud mother loves to show off, and this song is the right song to do. So just imagine this screen is the biggest iPad you've ever seen in your life.”
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The Canada native then showed touching pictures of her late husband and their gorgeous boys, much to the joy of her fans.
Added a tearful fan after the concert, “Céline was so emotionally spent after she sang her encore, ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ It was heartbreaking to see. Rene was clearly at the forefront of her mind.'
We applaud Céline’s strength during this tough time as she continues to keep her late husband’s memory alive.