Céline Dion got emotional during her Friday night performance at the Miami stop in her Courage World Tour, taking to the stage hours after the death of her mother, Thérèse Tanguay Dion.
Thanking the crowd for “this wonderful warm welcome,” she addressed the passing of her mother at age 92 on Friday.
“I must admit that I’m a little shaky today. My legs are a little wobbly,” she told the crowd, who cheered supportively.
“I’m pretty sure that you heard the news about my mom passing away early this morning,” she continued, fighting back tears.
“But I’m doing okay,” she added. “We’re all doing okay.”
Dion continued by telling the crowd that she has “always been an open book about my whole life. If I may, I would love to share a few thoughts about the situation. My mom was 92. She was ill for quite a while. And we knew she wouldn’t be with us for long,” she said.
“Two days ago we got a call from the nurses who were taking care of her so well, saying that her time was coming soon. Very soon. So last night I joined my brothers and sisters in Montreal, and I spent the evening at her bedside. We told stories. We sang songs. We hugged each other and we said our goodbyes,” added Dion.
“We are pretty sure that mom waited for us to be all together one more time. And I know for sure that she wanted me to be the best of myself tonight. And I also know that she wanted all of you to have the time of your life,” she told the audience.
“You know, my mom loved to laugh. She loved to dance. She loved to sing. She was a musician, she played the violin. She wrote my first song. Music was such an important part of our lives. It’s because of her and my dad that I became a performer,” she said.
“So tonight on behalf of my brothers and sisters and all of the family, we would love to dedicate this show to her,” she concluded to thunderous applause.