Four months after her husband, Rene Angelil’s, death, Celine Dion is slowly, but surely, moving on. The 48-year-old remembers the ‘love of her life’ in a new interview, and dishes all about how he’s helped her stay strong through this difficult time.
Life hasn’t been easy for Celine Dion, 48, since her husband, Rene Angelil, 73, died in January, but it’s his vibrant memory that’s helped her cope. Now, the “My Heart Will Go On” singer is truly opening up about losing her soulmate for the first time — read her emotional interview here.
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“Rene always insisted that the show must go on,” Celine tells People about her husband, who encouraged her to keep up her Las Vegas residency, even when he was on his death bed with cancer. “You know what, I’m 48 years old, and I lost the love of my life. I miss him a lot from when he was great, but not when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace.”
Sadly, Rene died from cancer on Jan. 14, 2016: He was first diagnosed with the disease in 1999, and then doctors found, and removed, a tumor in 2013. However, the awful illness returned in 2014, and things went downhill from there.
“He left me with all of his strength,” the 48-year-old adds. “Every day we live with him, just not physically. I’m thankful that he does not suffer anymore.” In her interview, Celine also revealed that she broke the tragic news of Rene’s death to their twin boys, Eddy and Nelson, 5, with the Disney film Up. “I did not want to relate the passing to doctors and have them be afraid,” Celine said, adding that easing them into the concept of death is, “the thing I’m most proud of.”
Celine will perform at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22, and she’s singing Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” in memory of Rene. She will also accept the Icon Award at the show, and we can’t wait to see her on that stage.
Just over one month after Rene’s death, Celine returned to her Las Vegas residency on Feb. 23 and got choked up while honoring her longtime friend, manager and partner. “Through my life, I only had eyes for my husband, who sat out here night after night,” she admitted. “People that that I was looking at him actually, but I didn’t need to. Because every time I closed my eyes, I felt Rene on stage with me, whether he was seated in his seat right there, in the balcony, backstage or at home with the kids. He’s always been on stage with me and nothing will ever change that.”
And, of course, he’ll be right there with her at the BBMAs on Sunday, too!
How do you think Celine handled everything surrounding her husband’s death, HollywoodLifers?