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Celine Dion ends five year Vegas stint, looks forward to 'being mommy'

12/16/2007 at 09:25 AM ET

After a five year stint in Las Vegas, Celine Dion put on her final performance at Caesar’s Palace Saturday night. Celine, 39, signed on for the gig in 2000, but during the show’s planning and preparation, she became pregnant with her first child, René-Charles, 7. The French-Canadian singer shared concerns with her husband/manager Rene Angelil, admitting she wasn’t sure if she should continue the show.

I had a life for the first time. I knew then that I wanted to have more success as a mother than a singer.

At one point, it was like feeling like the Titanic was about to sink again. But we believed and we went on with it. Even though the vibe was not that positive for us.

Rene urged Celine to press on, telling her the record-breaking $100 million contract made it impossible for her to quit. Celine took Rene’s advice, and since opening day in March 2003, she performed to more than 3 million fans, earning over $400 million. Some of those fans paid over $1,000 per ticket on eBay.

During her final number on Saturday, Rene and René-Charles joined her onstage, where René-Charles grabbed at rose petals raining down from overhead, handing them to his beaming mother.

After the show, Celine declared the massive effort was worth all the trouble

Most of us have left our families behind to give ourselves every night. I can assure you it was worth it.

Tomorrow morning, it will be back to reality and back to [being] mommy.

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Source: AP

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Heidi on

What a beautiful story! I wish her and her family all the happiness in the world.

DLR on

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since Celine started in Las Vegas. Congrats to her on finishing a very successful run. I also want to say how handsome her son looks! He is going to be a very good-looking man when he grows up!

Eleanor on

This show was wonderful, I saw it in 2005. I, too, can’t believe how much time has passed, and so quickly.
This show was a huge bit of class for Las Vegas, changed a lot of peoples’ ideas about Las Vegas shows. It made history.
They should all be very, very proud. She is class all the way, and a true Pro.
Bless her and her family. That son is indeed adorable!

dd on

i, for one, love that kid’s hair

Natalie on

awww how cute!!

i love her new album! :D

E on

I real cant believe Rene-Charles is 7 already! It seems like yesterday Celine was in People Magazine showing off her new little guy. Time really does fly. Anyway, I am glad she gets to enjoy being a mommy now.

Annoyomus on

Does anyone know how Rene’s name is pronunced? It seems to me like it should be pronounced like the girl’s name Renee, which is a bit confusing to me.

Sarah’s note: It is. It’s French.

erica on

i think he looks so much like his father. i love his rock-star hair!

Jude on

It’s not pronounced quite like the English feminine Renee.

It’s written René-Charles and the first ‘e’ is almost pronounced like an ‘a’ as in ‘atonement’ for instance. The ‘é’ is not long like Renee, but much shorter. And the ‘R’ is more guttural.

Charles is pronounced like Shaarl. The ‘s’ at the end is silent.

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