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Celine Dion's husband was married to someone else when he mortgaged his home for her career when she was 12

Celine Dion's husband was married to someone else when he mortgaged his home for her career when she was 12

Celine Dion may not have achieved the fame that she has earned today had it not been for René Angélil who believed in her wholeheartedly.

When René Angélil first heard Celine Dion's powerful voice, he knew she was destined for greatness. However, she may not have achieved the fame that she has earned today had it not been for Angélil who believed in her wholeheartedly. 

Dion came from a family of 16 who struggled to make ends meet. Her butcher father did his best to provide for his family and despite their financial situation, Dion held onto the dream of becoming a singer. Singing in front of a huge audience was no big deal for her as she publicly sang for her brother Michel's wedding at just 5, reports Amomama



 

When she was 10, she managed to convince her parents to let her perform at a piano bar they had just opened. Her supportive parents then wrote a song It Was Only a Dream for her, recorded it, and sent the tape to music producer René Angélil. After listening to her angelic voice, the late producer met a 12-year-old Dion and promised her family that he would make her a big star in Quebec in just 5 years.

Angélil intended to keep his promise and went he didn't have enough money he chose to mortgage his house so he could afford the recording charges of Dion's two music albums. He didn't even hesitate to do so as he believed in her talent. One of her tracks quickly held the number one spot in Quebec and the singer began touring with her mother, Thérèse.



 

At the age of 18, she watched Michael Jackson perform on TV and told Angélil about her desire to be as successful as him. After a stunning makeover, she entered the American musical sphere but maintained a platonic relationship with Angélil and continued to do her son even after he divorced his second wife Anne Renée in 1985. 

Somewhere along the line things changed as the pair had their first kiss outside her hotel room in 1988. When he called the 20-year-old to apologize, she told him that it was a magical experience for her. In 1991 the couple got engaged and on December 17, 1994, they tied the knot at Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica.



 

In 2000, they renewed their vows after Angélil beat throat cancer and welcomed their first child Rene-Charles Angélil. After countless IVF treatments, the pair welcomed twins Eddy Angélil and Nelson Angélil in 2010. Tragically Angélil, "the only man she’d ever loved" succumbedto throat cancer in 2016. 

Dion and her family were devasted by the loss but were at peace knowing that he was no longer suffering. Their love was so great that the Grammy Award winner still isn't looking for love. "I'm still in love with him," shared the singer according to ABC News

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