Celine Dion won’t bring her kids with her on tour for the first time

By Zach Harper

When Celine Dion returns to the road for a world tour later this year, her children will stay at home in Las Vegas. Leaving her three kids behind isn’t something the Canadian legend has ever done, and she revealed the big parenting decision on Wednesday (April 3) during a question-and-answer session in Los Angeles following her tour announcement.

Celine with son Rene-Charles in 2016. Photo: © Getty Images

“I’m going to do the world tour, but back and forth – I’ll come home as much as possible,” Celine said. The singer has three children – Rene-Charles, 18, and twins Eddy and Nelson, 8. Their father is Celine’s late husband, Rene Angelil, who passed away from cancer in 2016. “They’re 8 years old, but sometimes I feel like they’re 14 already. They’re very independent,” the singer said of the twins. She also said she believes being left at home “will be good for” them.

Eleven days is the longest Celine and her boys have been separated to date, and the singer said she felt “guilty” about being away from her children for that amount of time. But the devoted mom she said she realized while FaceTiming them last time around that they didn’t need her.

Celine with her twins – and Mickey Mouse! – at Disneyland in 2016. Photo: © Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

“That’s my goal – that my kids are fine,” Celine continued. “Because the school needs to keep happening, I will go on tour without my children and only two or three times leave them [for] two weeks. That will be the longest I will be away from my children. For me, that’s a lot. But knowing they are really fine, I’m not worried. When we have a little break in Montreal, I’ll see my family, and my two dogs are coming, too.”

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Celine’s Courage world tour kicks off Sept. 18 in Quebec City. She has plans to hit 50 North American cities between then and the spring of 2019. Tickets for the first leg go on sale on April 12, though a special presale for members of her Team Celine fan club starts on Monday (April 8). You can see the full list of dates by heading over to her website. The singer also has plans to release a new album, also called Courage, in November.

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