This is incredibly touching. As Celine Dion mourned the loss of her husband René Angélil at his wake in Montreal on Jan. 21, legendary singer Barbra Streisand took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message of support with the grieving singer. Click here to see the pic!
Barbra Streisand, 73, is really pulling at our heart strings with this one. As Celine Dion, 47, prepared to bid her final goodbye to her late husband Rene Angelil at a public viewing in Montreal on Jan. 21, the Hollywood icon took to Instagram to offer her love and support to the grieving singer with one incredibly moving throwback photo. See it here!
The Funny Girl actress took to Instagram on Jan. 21 to post a throwback photo of her and Celine, along with an emotional note honoring Rene’s tragic passing. “Dear @CelineDion – Every time you look at your children’s faces, you will see René,” she wrote. “With love and strength – B.” In the photo, Barbra can be seen smiling and wrapping her arm around the “Because You Loved Me” singer, with whom she has been friends with since 1997, when they recorded their epic duet “Tell Him.” So sweet!
Celine Dion: Heartbroken Singer Greets Mourners At Husband’s Open Casket Viewing
Sadly, the touching tribute couldn’t have come at a better time as Celine had returned to the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal — the same church where she and Rene married in 1994 — earlier that day for the public viewing of her longtime love. As expected, the Canadian singer looked beyond heartbroken as she stood by her husband’s casket and greeted almost every single mourner that came to pay their respects.
Thankfully for Celine, Rene had reportedly planned his entire funeral before his Jan. 14 death. “René was generous enough to prepare all of this since the last few months with Céline,” the singer’s stylist and longtime friend Annie Horth told PEOPLE. “He didn’t know when it would happen, but he really wanted everything to be already prepared.” And because of that, Celine is “going through [this] peacefully and with control.”
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At this time, very few details about his funeral have yet to be revealed. What we do know however, is that Celine will not be performing at Rene’s funeral on Jan. 22, despite multiple reports claiming otherwise. We can only assume that Celine is far too devastated at this time to get up and perform live. After all, she not only lost her husband just last week, but also her brother, Daniel Dion, who died of cancer just days later. It’s truly heartbreaking.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Celine, as well as Rene’s friends and family, during this difficult time.