On August 4, 2020, Beirut was devastated by two spectacular explosions that left more than a hundred dead and thousands injured. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed over several kilometers. Very touched, like many other personalities, Celine Dion spoke. Lebanon is a country that echoes its clan …

On social media, the Courage interpreter shared a statement in which she wrote: “My heart is broken by the terrible disaster in Beirut. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the wonderful Lebanese people. I think of you and I wish you love and peace. “

Long before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted her last world tour titled Courage World Tour, Celine Dion had planned to perform in Beirut on July 31, 2020, as part of the Byblos International Festival, on the Beirut Waterfront stage. A concert that was finally canceled in agreement with the organizers due to the unstable political situation in the country. It was the first time in her career that she had considered performing in Lebanon.

This country has a special resonance for the diva of 52 years because her late husband René Angélil had Lebanese origins through her mother, Alice Sara, who died in 1997. Through her father, he was also Syrian. Born in Quebec, the former manager of Céline Dion navigated between cultures. Thus, he had married the singer at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal in 1994 and, in 2000, they had renewed their vows in a sumptuous oriental ceremony. In terms of gastronomy, the Dion-Angélil couple also liked the mixture of cultures, René being just as much a fan of smoked meat in large sandwiches shared with his son René-Charles as of couscous …