When Celine Dion returned to the stage at Caesars Palace on May 22 for her first concert since undergoing ear surgery two months ago, she told her adoring fans, "I have to admit, I can barely stand on my feet tonight as I am a little bit nervous." The Las Vegas crowd had no trouble leaping to their feet for multiple standing ovations, though, confirming that the Grammy winner is back and better than ever.
In March, Dion, 50, shocked her fans when she revealed she was suffering from Patulous Eustachian, a disorder that caused hearing irregularities and made it difficult for her to sing. But, her first post-surgery performance allayed their fears.
Céline performed 'Ashes', from the @deadpoolmovie, live for the first time last night on her return on stage at @thecolosseumatcaesarspalace ! // Céline chantait pour la première fois en live la chanson "Ashes" du film #Deadpool2 hier soir lors de son retour sur scène à Las Vegas. - Team Céline
"Everything with the surgery went well and she's feeling great," a friend exclusively told Closer Weekly. "The results of the procedure should be permanent. We'll know more pretty soon, but right now she's not experiencing any side effects." That's great news for the singer, who soon heads to Asia with sons René-Charles, 17, and twins Eddy and Nelson, 7, for an Asia-Pacific tour that kicks off June 26 in Tokyo.
"Her schedule was designed to give Celine and the boys several days off in between performances so she can rest, recover, and they can have time to sightsee as a family," a second friend noted. Her kids were a big comfort to Celine during the time she couldn't sing. "She got to spend plenty of time with them," the source added.
"She's the ultimate hockey mom, and all three boys love to play, so watching the Vegas Golden Knights team in the NHL playoffs together was exciting for them all!" the first friend continued. Now, having them by her side as she returns to the stage gives the working mom the best of both worlds, and she is grateful for all of her blessings. In her own words, Dion says, "I don't take anything for granted."
This post originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.