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Celine Dion in a performance during her Las Vegas residency, which is her first performance since her husband's death.

Celine Dion returns to stage to honor late husband

25 February 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E) – Celine Dion is back on stage after losing her husband and during her performance for her residency at Las Vegas’ Colosseum, she honored Rene Angelil .

Angelil died last January 14 due to cancer and Dion’s brother, Daniel, died days after. According to reports, the performance started with a multimedia salute to Angelile and was followed by a quote from Dion. The quote reads: "I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony. The idea of leaving it unfinished would have hurt him terribly. I realized that if he ever left us, I would have to continue without him, for him."

Some of the photos shown in the multimedia salute showed Angelil playing hockey as well as Dion seen pregnant in a hospital bed. Her bare baby bump was exposed and Angelil rest his hands on her belly.

The singer then took the stage and sang “One More Look at You” and “Watch Closely Now.” These songs are from Barbara Streisand’s “A Star is Born.” She also sang her hits such as “Because You Loved Me” and “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” She also sang her cover of Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” and reportedly had to cover her face briefly before she was able to regain composure. She and Angelil have been married for 21 years.

Dion also said after singing “All By Myself” that she rehearsed the song in her closet and it was much better than her performance. She added, “Through my life I only had highs for my husband who sat out here night after night.” She also noted that she knows her husband will always be on stage with her.

Dion continued to say, “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.”