Celine Dion Performed One More Time For Her Late Husband Before His Death

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It has been a hard time for Celine Dion. The world-renowned singer has quietly been mourning the untimely lost of her husband, René Angélil, who passed away in 2016 following a heart attack and a prolonged battle with throat cancer. Since her husband's passing, the widow wasn't sure if she could find the strength to sing again, but she has used her voice to be open about her struggles with loss, pain, depression and grief.

It took some time before she found herself willing to go back on stage, but Dion has slowly been returning to concert venues around the country, and the singer will return for her Courage tour starting later this year. In the meantime, however, Dion has opened up a little more about her hardships with her husband's passing, and how music helped bridge the gap between loss and growth.

If you look at the definition of courage, it's a big, big word. It's an important word and everything that I went through the last three years for example, even before any past, I was not even sure if I was going to go and sing again. But [Angélil] would want me to sing again, so I went back and forth and it was hard.

As Celine Dion told Entertainment Tonight in an exclusive interview, the musician wasn't sure if she could find the strength to return to her music career. The "My Heart Will Go On" singer has understandably been struggling with the weight of this loss, and it often takes time for people to properly mourn the loss of their loved ones. Nevertheless, Dion believes that her late husband would want to see the singer perform in front of adoring audiences again.

While it is undeniably tough, Celine Dion believes she owes it not only to herself, her kids and her fans, but to her late husband to continue to sing and to perform in concert venues worldwide.

He wanted me to go back at Caesar's [Palace in Las Vegas]. I wanted to be by his bedside, and he really wanted me to go back on stage. He wanted to see me perform again and I did. It was hard but I did and he could let go after, peacefully.

While there was a time when Celine Dion didn't have the energy to perform, she eventually found the "courage" to return to music-making. Therefore, her next album, appropriately titled Courage, will be released later this year, and it will likely detail the hardships she faced with her family these past three years. The upcoming tour will promote this new album release, but it will also be a show of strength for Dion continuing to go on, even while her heart remains sore from grief. But as she said, it's what her husband would want; she believes it'll help her heal.

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Will Ashton

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