Céline Dion explains that her return to Las Vegas is part of her duties to take care of ailing husband René Angélil, who continues to battle throat cancer.
When the iconic singer announced she would be going on hiatus from her Las Vegas residency because her hubby’s health had taken a turn again, fans didn’t know whether she would return to the stage or not.
Luckily, Dion recently revealed that she’s decided to take the stage at Caesars Palace, because “my biggest job is to tell my husband, we’re fine. I’ll take care of our kids. You’ll watch us from another spot,” she tells USA Today during an emotional interview.
Dion says she resorts to being strong in times like these, but sometimes Angélil “needs something more sensitive than that, more than just positivity. Sometimes he just wants me to enter into a different place with him.”
She continues, “I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it.’ And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ OK, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”
By her side throughout her career has been her former manager and husband, 73, who is also the person who encouraged her to return to the stage at Caesar’s Palace come Aug. 27.
“That first show, it will be fragile,” she says. “There will be moments of emptiness, laughter, awkwardness, tearing up. But that’s the point of coming back—otherwise, I just release an album.”
Dion also explains that her return to Sin City isn’t so much for the performing as it is to show Angélil that she has his back.
“When you see someone who is fighting so hard, it has a big impact on you,” she says. “You have two choices. You look at your husband who’s very sick and you can’t help, and it kills you. Or you look at your husband that’s sick and you say, ‘I got you. I got it. I’m here. It’s going to be just fine.’
“You can have your shaking knees at the end, but when someone you love falls and needs help, it’s not time to cry,” she adds. “Afterwards, sure. But not yet.”
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