Celine Dion talks René and her unshakeable strength: ‘Life is not always perfect’

With only a few weeks to go before Celine Dion returns to her Las Vegas show on Aug. 28, the singer has revealed that she and her husband, René Angelil, can’t wait for the curtain to rise on another chapter of Celine’s illustrious career. “We are back. We are still together and stronger than ever,” she tells Taste of Life magazine with enthusiasm, adding, “When there’s music in your life, there is happiness.”

René will be by Celine's side when she returns to her Las Vegas residency on Aug. 28. Photo: © Getty Images

After Celine announced in Aug. 2014 that she would be stepping down from her show indefinitely, fans wondered if her time in Las Vegas had come to an end. Taking care of René, who is batting his second round of throat cancer, was the Quebec native’s first priority, but her loyal audience was never far from her thoughts. “While my family will always be my priority, my fans are just as important to me,” she said in a statement following news that her Celine show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace would resume this month. “I look forward to performing again for all of you … and more importantly having Rene there with me. Thank you for giving me this time I needed to spend with my family.”

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The songstress also credits her “champion” René for encouraging her to sing again. “ I loved him all my life. I don’t want to sound pretentious, but I am his favourite singer and he wants to see me back on the stage singing again!” Celine is just as excited about performing for live audiences again, revealing that, “There’s something magical about showbiz that only the fans and only the stage owns. When you sing [a hit song] live, it’s like singing it for the first time. I can’t explain it, other than it’s magic.”

Celine describes the feeling of being on stage as, "magic." Photo: © Getty Images

Throughout all of her hardships, the “Loved Me Back to Life” singer has maintained a strong and realistic outlook on her life and those of her family, including sons René-Charles, 15, and four-year old twins Nelson and Eddy. “Life is not always perfect. You have to deal with it,” she states. “Whatever life imposes — sickness, or whatever, you don’t have a choice. And if you don’t have spirituality you’re going to fall apart before things happen.” It’s in her spirituality that Celine has found strength, saying, “I am very spiritual. I believe in myself, I believe in my family, and I’m positive. Through this, you show your children how to deal with things and how to be strong.”

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