In her first interview since her husband’s death, Celine Dion revealed her final moments with her husband René Angélil, before he passed away from cancer in January.
Celine Dion‘s heart really will go on — and her husband would want it to. The singer revealed that her husband René Angélil, who passed away from cancer in January, was worrying about her nonstop before he passed — but right before, she reassured him he didn’t need to worry and that he could “leave in peace.” Watch her emotional interview.
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Celine sat down with ABC News in Las Vegas, where she returned to perform a month after her husband’s passing on Jan. 14. She then recalled what she said to Rene, her husband and longtime manager, right before he died.
“You were worrying for my career. You were worrying for the children. You were worrying for everything. It’s enough. Do you trust me? Please do. Trust me,” Dion recalled telling him. “The kids are fine. I’m fine. I promise you we’re gonna be OK. Please leave in peace. I don’t want you to worry.”
She added that she also referred to the movie, Up, when speaking to their three kids about his death.
“Before I told them that their dad was not there, I talked about when we — everybody — gets sick. Then I said, ‘Do you remember the movie Up?’ They said, ‘Yes, Ellie went up. You know, she, with the balloons.’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah … You know, today Papa went up.’ The only thing I wanted is for them to say ‘up.’ Up is a good thing. Up is uplifting.”
Celine said she laid in bed with Rene after he passed and put a robe on him; later on, she and her children released “pixie dust” and balloons into the sky to honor him. “We’re gonna say, ‘Papa, we love you. Have a good up, and we’re gonna spread this, and it’s gonna go to him,'” Dion remembers.
Of course, our thoughts go out to her family at this time.