Céline Dion made headlines in January when editors spotted her wiping away tears at Valentino’s couture show. Now, in a new interview with Elle, she reveals exactly what it was that made her so emotional.
“The first song [during the show] was ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,’ [by Roberta Flack] which was part of my wedding,” she explained. Dion’s husband, René Angélil, passed away in 2016. “The music starts and this dream comes, a lady, a beautiful rose. All you saw was her face in this amazing pink gown… 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.”
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Dion, who appears on the cover of Elle‘s June issue, also discussed her career, which has taken a dramatic positive turn in recent years. In addition to being L’Oreal’s latest spokeswoman, launching a line of gender-neutral children’s clothing, and closing her Vegas show, she is about to embark on a world tour and is even working on a new album!
“I have about 675 songs, and I want to sing them all!” she said. “I had a great time when I recorded 20 years ago, but now I really feel like I can speak up. If I’m not part of my own project, what am I doing here? Crying at Valentino and spending money on clothes?”
Listen to the song that sparked the emotional moment for Dion below.