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Celine Dion Returns To Stage After Husband's Death: 'We Will Always Be One'

In her return to stage following her husband's death, a tearful Celine Dion began the performance with a tribute to René Angélil.

The singer lost her husband to cancer last month.

The tribute began with a quote from Dion followed by a slideshow of family photos and René's many TV appearances.

"I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony," she said. "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."

After receiving a standing ovation for 'With One More Look At You', an emotional Dion told the crowd: "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."

"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."

"It is pretty amazing that since he is no longer physically with me he is even more present."

"He 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."

"He 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."

"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."

February 24, 2016 |

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