Get your tissue boxes ready.
On Tuesday, Celine Dion returned to the Colosseum stage for the first time since losing her husband René Angélil to cancer last month.
As we reported, the My Heart Will Go On singer announced she would live stream the first portion of her residency show as she had planned a beautiful tribute for her late husband. Sniff!
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Let us just start by saying that Miz Dion was the epitome of grace in her emotionally charged performance!
The memorial show opened with a series of sweet pictures and clips from René's life. Not surprisingly, the 47-year-old was met with a standing ovation as she performed With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now.
Although, it seems that the music legend was overcome by the outpouring of support as she tearfully explained:
"Thank you, I did rehearse this song in my closet and it went way better than that. Through my life, I only had highs from my husband who sat out here night after night. People thought that I was looking at him actually, but I didn't need to because every time I close 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 on stage with me. And nothing will ever change that."
We're not crying, you're crying. The superstar proved the (above) sentiments to be true as she took to Instagram earlier in the evening to show how René's presence is still with her backstage.
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That is just so beautiful. On stage, she continued:
"You know René always surrounded me with the very best people possible. I trusted him so much, that I never had the chance to worry about anything. Now I guess it is only 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 is pretty amazing that since he is no longer physically 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. 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. René is the only man that I have known all my life. He always made me feel that we were 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."
Wow. Our hearts break for the Canadian native as she struggles through this difficult period.
The Grammy winner concluded:
"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 for being here."
Be sure to ch-ch-check Celine's touching tribute to her late husband for yourself (below)!
[Image via celinedion.com.]
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