Celine Dion delivered a powerful performance at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza during her stop at the Today show Friday morning.

Celine Dion On ‘Today’

Dion took to the stage for her Today show appearance performing a series of songs, including, “Because You Loved Me,” “A New Day Has Come,” “I’m Alive” and “Over the Rainbow.”

 

Dion also sat down for an interview with Today’s Matt Lauer. She opened up to Lauer about how she’s been coping with the loss of her husband, Rene Angelil, and raising her sons – 15-year-old René-Charles and 5-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson – in his absence.

“When I feel good, the kids are feeling great, and when the kids are feeling great, I feel good,” Dion told Lauer. “But I think it’s all about feeling very strong and positive. They sense that mom is OK. They know what’s going on. They know that dad is not coming back. They know they have to live with him, but differently. I didn’t make this like a drama thing. I’m very thankful that the way that he passed was not dramatic in front of the children.”

During the 10 o’clock hour, Dion co-hosted with Kathie Lee Gifford, subbing in for Hoda Kotb. Over the show’s customary glasses of wine, the two bonded over the pain of becoming widows following the deaths of their beloved husbands.

“I feel very strong because my husband had given all of us wonderful luggage,” Dion told Gifford. “I lost the man of my life, but I cannot live thinking this way. I have to say I found the best man in the world like you did for yourself. We were both extremely lucky, and the luggage that we have will carry us for the rest of our lives.”

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