Celine Dion returned to singing at her Las Vegas residency Tuesday night, and the singer had an emotional breakdown on stage during her tribute to her late husband.
Celine Dion decided to incorporate a ten minute tribute to her husband into her show going forward, and it was a very emotional experience for the grieving talent, on her return to Cesar’s Palace.
“Through my life, I only had highs from my husband, who sat out here night after night,” she told the crowd. “People thought that I was looking at him, but I didn’t need to. Because every time I closed my eyes, I felt René on stage with me, whether he was seated in his seat right there, in the balcony, backstage, or at home with the kids.”
“He’s always been onstage with me, and nothing will ever change that.”
The tribute included a montage of photos and videos of her late 73 year old husband, including ones with her and her family. Dion went on to describe how her late husband, who was also her manager and mentor, always pushed her to be the best she could be.
“Rene was my very best critic. He never told me what I wanted to hear, he told me what I needed to hear.
“You know, night after night on our way back home from the show, when he was so silent, I could sense that he was trying to know how to approach me without hurting my artistic feeling. But there were things that he had to tell me for my own growth,”
She went on to describe how her husband treated her like royalty, despite many years of being together.
“Rene is the only man that I have known all my life. He always made me feel that we were on our first date,” she said.
“Never talking bluntly, and always impressing himself in a soft and gentle way.” She added.
The singer, who broke down during her performance of ‘All By Myself’, went on to a strong finish, to rapturous applause from the crowd.
Celine Dion would hold the tribute before all her shows at least until mid-March, when she goes on hiatus.
The singer lost her husband, Rene Angélil, on the morning of Thursday January 14; when he passed away from throat cancer, a condition he battled for over a decade. The 73 year old for several years served not only as the talented singer’s husband, but her mentor and manager as well; before the extremities of his condition curtailed his role.