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Céline Dion tells Las Vegas stage invader 'I love you'

Céline Dion at the 2017 Billboard Music awards.
I can handle it … Céline Dion. Photograph: John Shearer/Getty Images

Céline Dion has been praised after deftly handling a stage invader during a concert in Las Vegas. An apparently inebriated woman climbed on stage, embraced Dion and wrapped her leg around her during a pause between songs, almost toppling the pair to the ground. But rather than the woman being escorted off by security, Dion told her: “I thought you just wanted to come closer to me. But you know what, I’m glad you came closer to me.”

The woman told security “don’t touch me”, before asking Dion: “Can I touch you?” As the guards stepped in, Dion waved them away, saying she would help the woman off stage herself, embracing her and comparing their respective gold outfits. “I love you,” Dion told the woman, who replied: “I love you mostest.” After the woman was escorted off stage, a visibly relieved Dion lay down, to a huge round of applause.

Dion was performing during her concert residency Céline at the Colosseum in Las Vegas, which has been running since March 2011 and has grossed nearly $230m so far. She was forced to cancel two concerts this year on doctors’ orders.

This article titled "Céline Dion tells Las Vegas stage invader 'I love you'" was written by Ben Beaumont-Thomas, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 10 January 2018 12.13pm

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