Céline Dion may soon be coming to a city near you, but she’ll be visiting without her family in tow.
The powerhouse vocalist, 51, announced Wednesday during A Special Event with Céline Dion in Los Angeles that she will be hitting the road in the fall for her Courage World Tour, which kicks off Sept. 18 in Quebec City, Canada. (The accompanying album will be available “around November,” she shared.)
“My kids will be based in Las Vegas,” Dion said during a Q&A session of the city where she’s currently performing in the final shows of her longtime residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which wraps June 8. “I’m going to do the world tour but back and forth — I’ll come home as much as possible.”
“That’s going to be the first time that I’m not going on tour with my kids,” she added of her twin sons Eddy and Nelson, 8, and their older brother René-Charles, 18, whom she shared with late husband René Angélil.
The singer believes the experience “will be good for” her younger children “because they’re mature” for their age. “They’re 8 years old but sometimes I feel like they’re 14 already,” Dion shared. “They’re very independent.”
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Despite her confidence about touring Canada and North America without her boys by her side, Dion admitted that she “felt guilty” in the past about being away from them for 11 days — the longest she has been separated from them up until this point — but their reaction made her feel better about the decision.
“I was so busy and working very hard,” she said. “We FaceTimed and they said, ‘Hi, Mom! Is it daytime or nighttime for you?’ I said, ‘I’m going to bed.’ [They said], ‘We’re just waking up.’ I said, ‘Have a good breakfast, baby, and you play hard.’ They said, ‘Night night, Mom.’ Then I said, ‘They don’t miss me. They’re doing really fine.’ “
“The fact that they did so fine without me … I did amazingly. That’s my goal — that my kids are fine,” Dion explained. “Because the school needs to keep happening, I will go on tour without my children and only two or three times leave them [for] two weeks. That will be the longest I will be away from my children. For me, that’s a lot.”
“But knowing they are really fine, I am not worried,” said the “My Heart Will Go On” hitmaker. “When we have a little break in Montreal, I’ll see my family, and my two dogs are coming too.”
In an interview for this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, Dion opened up about being the new face of L’Oréal Paris and how she has approached parenting since the loss of her husband, who died on Jan. 14, 2016, following a protracted battle with throat cancer.
“To bring my children to understand ‘Don’t look for Dad,’ that made me strong,” she said. “All the little things, and the big things, they have to make you stronger. Otherwise you don’t understand the meaning of life itself.”
Tickets for Dion’s Courage World Tour go on sale April 12 on ticketmaster.com, while members of her Team Celine fan club can purchase tickets starting Monday.
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