Celine's Heart Will Go On

Pop diva bids tender adieu to Vegas, wrapping her 5-year show to be a mom
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2007 12:32 PM CST
Celine Dion poses for photos following the final performance of A New Day at Caesar's Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Celine Dion bid a emotional farewell to Las Vegas last night, wrapping her nearly 5-year run at Caesars Palace and admitting that she once wanted to nix the show, the AP reports. She told the audience of 4,000-plus that she had wanted to raise her son instead, but the show was already bankrolled. "I wanted to be more successful as a mother than as a singer," she said.

"It's a pleasure to perform for you, but I'm extremely passionate to be a mother," she told the crowd, explaining why she ended the run—which has sold almost 3 million tickets and banked more than $400 million. She shed tears after singing "My Heart Will Go On" and hugged her husband and son on-stage after the show, People reports.