The singer performed for the first time since her husband’s death last month, singing With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now at her show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, which she live streamed on her website.
Celine broke down as she talked about her love for her husband and manager, who died last month at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.
She also sobbed during a heart-breaking rendition of her track, All By Myself.
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The show began with a sweet montage of family photos and videos, before Celine launched into her first performance since Rene’s death.
After getting a standing ovation from the crowd, the 47-year-old teared up as she shared memories of her husband.
‘People thought that I was looking at him actually, 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 onstage with me and nothing will ever change that,’ she said.
‘Rene always surrounded me with the very best people possible. I trusted him so much that I never really had the chance to worry about anything. Now I guess, it is only a natural impulse to constantly question myself. ‘Would you let the kids play with these toys? Is this song too fast? Is this song too slow? Don’t talk too much?’ she said.
‘It is pretty amazing that since he’s physically no longer with me, he is even more present.’
And she talked about how her husband had guided her career and had always treated her as if they were still on a first date.
‘Rene was my very best critic,’ Celine said. ‘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 said.
And she praised her husband’s loving and respectful nature.
‘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.’
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‘We were one and nothing has changed. We will always be one,’ she vowed.
‘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,’ she said.
‘And now, I can feel that he’s telling me to zip it – and start singing,’ she joked.
The show began with a photo montage of Rene as a child, young man and then home videos of him with Celine and their children: Rene-Charles, 15, and twins Eddy and Nelson, 5.
He is seen kissing Celine’s hand, offering her a coat, and placing a loving hand on her pregnant belly. His voice is then heard saying ‘Thank you very much, have a great one tonight.’
The performance was Celine’s first since the death of her husband, but she previously spoke about him at a public memorial in Las Vegas earlier this month.
The show began with a photo of Rene and a quote from Celine, reading ‘I understood that my career was 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.’ Celine Dion breaks down as she pays tribute to late husband