“To try to perform that song without collapsing was big enough and then I turned around and I saw my son. As a mother, I really, through this whole process of our new life, wanted to be strong,” Celine told Entertainment Tonight. “I thought I was going to make it through the whole night without tears and show strength, and love won,” she said. “I just collapsed. I’m very thankful for the award and proud of my family so much.”
“You have to be strong, but I think it’s important as well to not hold everything,” Celine added. “I tried to hold it in front of my 5-year-old twins, but my 15-and-a-half year old beautiful son is old enough to understand. Even though I did not want to cry, he understands it’s okay because it is therapeutic and you can’t take so much pressure. You can take so much strength and weight on your shoulders, but sometimes you can’t control everything.”
“I’m not the first woman and I’m not the last one who will lose her husband,” she continued. “It’s hard, but my family is helping me through it. I hope I think people know that I don’t do music, I don’t do my passion and sing to win an award. It’s never been the number one goal. It’s to share moments with fans and the celebration of music itself.”
Celine Dion on Emotional Billboard Music Awards Appearance: ‘I Just Collapsed’
The 48-year-old singer was presented with the Icon Award by her son and she got emotional with him standing by her side.
“I’m so sorry for crying. I want to be so strong for my family and my kids and I didn’t expect that. I don’t want to cry in front of you. You make me so happy,” Celine said to her son. She then asked him to stand next to her and he said, “sure, yeah!”
Celine Dion is reaching out to her fans to thank them for their support following her late husband Rene Angelil‘s funeral last week.
“My family and I are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from so many people who have touched our lives during these past few days. We have felt your love for René, and your prayers and compassion have helped us during this most difficult time… more than you’ll ever know. I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” the 47-year-old singer wrote in a statement on her website.
“I would also like to sincerely thank the Quebec Government for honoring René with National Funerals as well as the many individuals and organizations who came together to hold such a beautiful tribute in his name,” Celine added. “We will never forget all of the kindness that you have bestowed upon us.”
Celine Dion lays her head down on her late husband Rene Angelil‘s casket before it is taken away at his funeral on Friday (January 22) at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada.
The 47-year-old singer and her three children – Rene-Charles, 14, and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy – stood in front of the casket outside of the church for several minutes until the bells rung and it was placed in the hearse.
Celine remained strong throughout the service and her music played as she entered and left the church.
Celine Dion holds the hands of her five-year-old twin sons Nelson and Eddy as they head into Notre-Dame Basilica for Rene Angelil‘s funeral on Friday (January 22) in Montreal, Canada.
The 47-year-old singer’s son Rene-Charles, almost 15, walked into the church behind them.
Celine did not speak at all during the funeral, but her music played several times throughout the service. The entire two-hour service was live streamed online so the public could grieve with the family, as per Rene‘s wishes.