Celine Dion broke down in tears as she performed for the first time since her husband René Angélil died in Las Vegas last night (February 23).
The singer wept as she sang the track ‘All By Myself’ at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, in a video you can watch below.
René Angélil died last month (January 14) at the couple’s home in Las Vegas, losing his long battle with throat cancer. He was 73. Dion’s brother Daniel also died two days later. He had been battling brain, tongue and throat cancer.
Dion had been due to play Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace the day her brother died and the following night (January 17), but both shows were cancelled. Dion herself had fought an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles when she cancelled her performances in both Las Vegas and Asia in August 2014.
“Throughout 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 have to, I didn’t need to, because every time I closed my eyes, I felt Rene on stage with me,” Dion told the audience as she fought back tears.
Later, during her encore, the singer thanked her audience adding: “I have to tell you that that was definitely the most difficult show that I have done in my whole life and I want to thank you for the support.”
Dion and Angélil married in 1994 and had three children together. Angélil had managed Dion, 47, since she was 12 years old.