She’ll never let go. Celine Dion dedicated an emotional performance of her 1997 megahit “My Heart Will Go On” to her late husband, René Angélil, during a Thursday, August 4, concert in Montreal.
Before the pop superstar, 48, belted out the iconic, Oscar-winning Titanic theme song, she paid tribute to Angélil, who died at age 73 in January after battling throat cancer.
“‘My Heart Will Go On’ has been an important song in my life for nearly two decades,” she shared ahead of her powerful number, which was filmed for ABC’s new music series Greatest Hits. “Now and tonight, I’m very honored to sing it for all of you and for the love of my life. Rene, you will always be in my heart.”
This is the second time this week that Dion has publicly honored her beloved spouse, whom she married in 1994 when she was 26 years old. The Grammy winner — who shared son René-Charles, 15, and twin boys Eddy and Nelson, both 5, with Angélil — recently revealed that she plans to get a tattoo as a permanent reminder of the deceased talent manager.
“Since my husband passed away, they can make the tattoo as his heartbeat,” she told The Scene during an August 2 video interview as she motioned an EKG line in the air with her hand. “So I might have his heartbeat on my body for the rest of my life.”
During Angélil’s February 3 memorial service, Dion fought to hold back tears as she spoke about “the love of [her] life.”
“René never hated anyone. Is it possible someone loves everybody?” she asked the crowd gathered at Las Vegas’ Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “I don’t think so. But he never told me a person he disliked. Time was precious to him. He loved life so much, so very much.”
Watch Dion’s performance above.