Celine Dion continues to care for her ailing husband, Rene Angelil, as he battles throat cancer. The ‘My Heart Will Go On’ singer opened up in a new interview about her husband’s final wish, and how she assured him that when his time comes, he will die in her arms.
Celine Dion, 47, is preparing to return to the stage on Aug. 27 after taking a year hiatus to care for her sick husband Rene Angelil, 73, who is battling throat cancer. The “I’m Alive” singer opened up about their emotional conversations as his health continues to decline, revealing the heartbreaking promise she made to him.
When talking about Rene’s fear of dying, Celine admits that she tries to be strong, but that he sometimes “needs something more sensitive than that, more than just positivity,” Celine told USA Today. “I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it.’ And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ OK, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.” Celine has so much love for Rene. They met when she was just 12 years old, and he later became her manager, and then her husband in 1994. She refers to him as “the only boyfriend I’ve ever had” and “the leader of the band all my life.”
Celine told HollywoodLife.com at the Billboard Awards that after taking a hiatus, she would be returning to the stage for her husband’s sake. In fact, he was the one that encouraged her to return to what she loved. Celine admits that she doesn’t quite know what to expect when returning to the stage. “That first show, it will be fragile. There will be moments of emptiness, laughter, awkwardness, tearing up,” the singer continued to tell USA Today.
Rene was diagnosed with throat cancer for a second time in 2013, and is currently being cared for at their Las Vegas home. The couple have a 14-year-old son and four-year-old twin boys. “René really gave me a gift,” she told the outlet. “All my grieving, it was during this last year. I think I’ve got this. For now. When it hits me, it’s going to hit me. But my biggest job is to tell my husband, we’re fine. I’ll take care of our kids. You’ll watch us from another spot.”
Our thoughts go out to Celine, Rene and the family during this difficult time.
— Julianne Ishler