We don’t see Celine Dion cry very often, and fans were surprised to see the Canadian superstar get quite emotional during the Valentino show at Paris Couture Fashion Week this January. She was clearly tearing up during the event, and many theorized she was overwhelmed by the fashion house’s extravagant new creations.
But that wasn’t it! In a new interview with Elle magazine for the cover story of its subscriber issue, Celine said there was a deeply personal story behind why she shed tears during the show. “It was not clothes – it was magic, a fairy tale,” she told the glossy. “The first song was [Roberta Flack’s] ‘The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,’ which was part of my wedding.”
Celine went on to describe the gorgeous scene she was seeing in front of her and how it, plus the music, brought forth a powerful memory. “The music starts and this dream comes, a lady, a beautiful rose. All you saw was her face in this amazing pink gown,” she told the magazine. “It was so emotional; I was speechless. I didn’t want to cry. I was worried Mr. Valentino was looking at my reaction. To be honest, it felt like I was making a scene, but I was overwhelmed.”
People keep saying Celine Dion is back, but true Celine fans know she never really went away. Two new biopics about the pop legend are in the works: The Power of Love and Céline Before Celine. She will officially wrap up her long-running Las Vegas residency in June, and has announced a massive world tour that will kick off in September.
“I am like a one-year-old!” Celine told Elle of the sense of joy she feels of late. “I’m not saying that I don’t make my own decisions and choices. Now I am discovering myself more and more. I am a woman assuming her own destiny, full of energy and in love with life. It’s never too late to start. At 51, I have the sense that I am at my pinnacle!”
Last month, Celine was also named L’Oréal Paris’s latest spokesperson. Rumours about that had been swirling since January, when she wore an “I’m worth it” sweater in Paris.
Celine told Elle the gig is important to her in terms of her own personal beliefs and empowerment for women and girls. “Telling other women that they, too, have self-worth, that they are strong, is obviously really important. You cannot limit yourself,” Celine said. “My life started over at 50; I feel happy, I feel beautiful. I thought, ‘I must have done something right for this to be happening.’”
As for that album, it’s appropriately titled Courage – just like her tour – and will be out in November. But narrowing down a final track list may prove to be a challenge, since she told Elle she has “about 675 songs” ready to go. She said she also feels like she got far more involved with the recording of this LP than she had previously. “I had a great time when I recorded 20 years ago, but now I really feel like I can speak up,” she said.