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Celine Dion is feeling "wonderful" and "strong", six months after losing her husband and manager Rene Angelil to cancer.
The pop superstar was plunged into mourning in January, when she lost her longtime love Rene, and she was dealt a second blow just two days later as her brother, Daniel, who had battled the same disease, passed away on what would have been Rene's 74th birthday.
Celine took some time out from her Las Vegas residency to grieve, and returned to the spotlight in May at the Billboard Music Awards, where she was honored with the Billboard Icon Award.
The singer, who also performed Queen's The Show Must Go On at the Sin City ceremony, fought back tears as she accepted the prize from her teenage son, Rene-Charles, and she later admitted she was not prepared for the rush of emotions she experienced at the event.
Celine has been gradually easing herself back into the public eye ever since the Billboard appearance, and now, as she promotes her new French-language album, Encore un soir (One More Night), the 48-year-old insists she has emerged from the huge loss a stronger person.
"I feel wonderful. I feel strong, I feel good," she told U.S. breakfast show Today. "It's been a journey. It's been hard seeing the love of your life suffering for the last three years, it's been really hard, but millions of people are going through this, and I feel very strong because not only did he love me so much for many, many lives to come, he gave me three magnificent kids, so much knowledge, stability, and confidence."
The My Heart Will Go On hitmaker went on to reveal she only really began to understand the power of motherhood when she lost her husband, because suddenly, it was all on her to ensure their three sons, Rene-Charles and five-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, would be OK.
"When I feel good, the kids are feeling great, and when the kids are feeling great, I feel good," Celine explained, of how they helped each other through the tough time, "but I think it's all about feeling very strong and positive and they sense it. They sense that mum is OK. They know what's going on; they know that dad is not coming back. They know that they have to live with him, but differently..."
She continued, "If I may say, and I'm very proud of myself because I think the role of a mother, for me anyway, kinda started the day that he (passed). We'd always been partners for many, many, many years, and... we were 50/50 - I think he left the other 50 (per cent) to me (when he died) for me to feel very strong and manage, and say to my kids, 'It's gonna be fine.'"
Celine has also started to take part in a daily ritual with her boys to help keep the memory of their dad alive.
"(We use) pictures, videos, all that, talking about dad, 'Oh, dad would love that!' Like, 'OK, have a bite for dad,' 'Thanks dad!', or 'Cheers, that one's for you because it's your favourite, thank you so much'," she explained.
Young Eddy has even encouraged his family to say goodnight to Rene before bedtime: "They have a picture of him and I caught one of my sons (Eddy) talking to his dad, saying, 'Dad, I want you to know that I love you very much... We're gonna be watching The Croods (animated movie) right now, and I hope you love it too.' And then he said, 'Nelson, come say goodnight to dad!' Every night, we take the picture and we kiss (it) and we say that we love him."
Meanwhile, Celine has confessed that she initially reluctant to record My Heart Will Go On.
The romantic song, the main theme to James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, remains Celine's biggest hit and is one of the best-selling singles of all time. In spite of the song's global success, the French-Canadian superstar has now admitted she wasn't always enamored with the tune. "One thing is that, I'm glad I sang the song because... I didn't want to record the song," she told The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night in a rare TV appearance, further joking, "I'm sorry... I'm so happy that my people don't listen to me, everything I say (sic)."
Following her interview, Celine tried her hand at the popular Wheel of Impressions game with Jimmy. The 48-year-old singer was seemingly reluctant to try it out at first, but once the game began, she became very animated. She started off imitating long-time pal, Cher, while singing Frere Jacques, then quickly transitioned into belting out a few lines from the Hollywood icon's hit Believe.
She joined in during Jimmy's Michael Jackson impression, teasing, "Jimmy are you OK? Are you OK? Are you OK, Jimmy?" Celine was also prompted to jump up and start dancing in her silver mini-dress when she did a combination of a Rihanna-style vocal and the nursery classic Row Row Row Your Boat.“There are children watching, Rihanna,” Jimmy teased, asking her to sit down. To end her set, Celine performed Hush, Little Baby as Sia. She started off slow before belting out the chorus to the tune of the Australian singer's hit Chandelier, in a near-perfect impression.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Celine Dion Says She's "Strong" in the Wake of Her Husband's Death; Reveals She Didn't Want to Record Titanic Song
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