Returning to the stage for the first time following her husband's death, an emotional Céline Dion broke down as she spoke of her love for the late Rene Angelil whom she lost last month, aged 73, to a long battle with cancer.
The singer live streamed her performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Tuesday, which began with a montage of her time spent with the music manager and their family.
Walking on to rapturous applause, Dion gave the following touching tribute:
"I did rehearse this song in my closet and it went way better than that. Through my life I only had eyes for my husband, who sat out here night after night.
"People thought that I was looking at him but I didn't need to because every time I closed my eyes, I felt Rene 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 on stage with me and nothing will ever change that."
"You know, René always surrounded me with the very best people possible. I trusted him so much that I rarely had the chance to worry about anything. Now I guess it is just a natural impulse to constantly question myself. Would he let the kids play with these toys? And is this song too fast? Is this song too slow? Don’t talk too much. It's pretty amazing that since he physically is no longer with me, he is even more present.”
"René was my very best critic, he never told me what I wanted to hear, he told me what I needed to hear. 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 he had to tell me for my own growth."
"René is the only man that I have known all my life. He always made me feel that we were always on our first date. Isn't that amazing? Never talking bluntly and always impressing himself in a soft and gentle way, we were one. And nothing has changed. We will always be one.
"You know, I might not hear his voice yet, but I talk to him, I think of him all the time. I feel and I know he hears me. One way or another, I know he will give me a sign for his approval or not. And now, I can feel that he's telling me to zip it and start singing. Thank you so much. Thank you so very much for being here tonight."
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