Celine Dion put her late husband René Angélil front and center during her return to her Las Vegas residency.

Celine Dion Remembers Husband

Earlier this week, Dion returned to the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show, dubbed Dion’s “Love Tribute,” began with a message for the crowd, which read:

“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.”

The Canadian singer then played a tribute video of her late husband. It featured pictures of their wedding day, of Angélil playing hockey, of Angélil with his hands on Dion’s belly as they prepared to welcome their twins, and more.

Following the montage, Dion sang Barbra Streisand‘s “With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now” from A Star is Born.

Upon completing the song, Dion addressed the crowd directly, speaking about her deep love for Angélil and how she feels as though he’s still with her.

“People thought that I was looking at him [while I performed] actually, but I didn’t need to because every time I closed 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,” she said. “He’s always been on stage with me. And nothing will ever change that.”

“He always made me feel that we were always 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,” Dion added. “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.”

Angélil died Jan. 14 aged 73 after a battle with cancer. Dion will continue her “Love Tribute” in Las Vegas for three weeks.

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