ngélil passed away in 2016 from throat cancer but Dion and her kids are still struggling to cope with the grief of his loss.
Celine Dion may have robbed our hearts with her beautiful song My Heart Will Go On but it's her husband who stole her's. Even though René Angélil is no longer in this world, Dion still considers him the love of her life. Angélil passed away in 2016 from throat cancer but she and her kids are still struggling to cope with the grief of his loss.
Dion first met Angélil in 1980 when she was just 12 years old, according to Cheat Sheet. Although nothing happened at the time, Dion didn't know that she had met "the only man she’d ever loved." It was her brother who sent a demo of her singing to Angélil who was reportedly left in tears after hearing her voice and had decided to make her a star.
In no time, he helped catapult her into fame, and somewhere along the line, they started developing feelings for each other. By 1987 they officially began dating and on December 17th, 1994, they tied the knot in an elaborate wedding at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec. Slowly, their family of two expanded as they welcomed their three children.
The beautiful family was living a blissful life until 1999 when Angélil developed throat cancer. After a lengthy period of treatment, he did go into remission and was cancer-free for a few years. But in 2015, it unfortunately returned and Angélil spent years battling the disease which ultimately took a toll on his body. He tragically passed away on January 14, 2016, at the age of 73 leaving his family devastated but also relieved as he was no longer suffering.
"Before he left, it was very, very difficult for all of us. For me especially, and my children, to see the man of my life die a little bit more every day. And when he left, it was kind of a relief for me that the man that I love, the only man that I kissed, the only man that I loved. Yeah. I never kissed another man in my life. So the man of my life was my partner, and we were one. So when he stopped suffering, I said to myself, he's okay. And he deserves not to suffer," she shared.
During an interview with The Sun, Dion shared how much her husband's death had pained her but noted that it was worse for their kids. "I organize myself to not feel lonely. So I got myself a huge, huge, huge bed, and I sleep with my twins. They are comforting me a lot. I need them. I need them close. When it’s time for them to say they want their room, their room’s ready. But we watch a lot of TV together. I’m discovering Disney," she shared.
Dion went on to reveal how she and her family still talk to Angélil even after his death. "We kiss him every night. We have a little ritual where we say goodnight to him with a little picture. Then the kids talk to him. And they write words, put them in balloons and we send the balloons to the sky," she shared.
Opening up about how she is dealing with his loss, the Grammy Award winner told Good Morning America, "He gave me so much strength through all these years and so much luggage for me now to explore and for me now to spread my wings." She added, "I've had wonderful moments in my whole life since I was a child, growing in this family, having wonderful parents, getting married to the greatest man in this world, knowing that now he's in peace and he's resting and always within me. And I see him every day through the eyes of my children."
Speaking to ABC News, Dion shared how she assured her husband and asked him to go in peace. "You were worrying for my career. You were worrying for the children. You were worrying for everything. It's enough. 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 told Angélil. Following his death, Dion was asked if she hoped to fall in love again, she said, "Not now. I'm still in love with him."
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