This is so touching. Celine Dion returned to her Las Vegas residency for the first performance since her husband, Rene Angelil, passed away, giving a tribute that was as emotional as it was beautiful. Watch it here!
Celine Dion fought back tears as she made a triumphant return to her residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on Feb. 23, as the show’s opening was dedicated her late husband, Rene Angelil. Following a sweet video montage to Rene, the 47-year-old singer took the stage to sing “With One More Look At You” and “Watch Closely Now,” making for one incredible tribute!
Dazzling in a sparkly black gown, Celine belted out the meaningful medley in a heartbreakingly emotional way. She wowed the crowd so much that they gave her tribute a standing ovation! As she stepped back to take in all of the applause, she couldn’t help choking up before sharing a sweet story about Rene.
“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 actually, but I didn’t need to,” she told the audience. “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.” She added, “It is pretty amazing, that since he’s physically no longer with me, he’s even more present. He always made me feel like we were on our first date. Isn’t that amazing? We were one, and nothing has changed. We will always be one.” You can watch the whole video right here!
Along with her beautiful ode to Rene, she also said a few French words to finish it off. Although she had to wipe away tears to get through it, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way for her to honor her husband upon returning to Vegas!
Rene lost his long battle with cancer on Jan. 14 with Celine by his side. He had managed Celine for more than 30 years, and he loved nothing more than watching his beloved perform. While her Vegas return was clearly an emotional night for Celine, we’re sure he was watching over with a huge smile on his face — and it sounds like Celine felt that way too!
What do you think of Celine’s tribute, HollywoodLifers? Are you happy to see her back in action in Vegas? Tell us below!