Love story: Celine Dion and René Angelil

Among the most symbolic couples, there is always the singer Celine Dion and her husband, René Angelil. When the latter died on January 14, 2016, the international star and art agent lived twenty -eight years in an atypical love story.

Celine Dion and René Angélil: the 1981 meeting

René and Céline’s streets crossed for the first time in 1981. The girl was then 13 years old, René was 40 years old. He was the youngest in a family of fourteen children. He was a producer whose career came to a halt, after becoming manager of Canadian singer Ginette Reno.

Young Céline already has a unique voice, which she provides for members of her family, a spoon in her hand as a microphone in her kitchen, and for customers at Vieux Baril, the bar she owns. father. Knowing his younger sister’s talent, Michel Dion sent a cassette of Celine to the producer, without opening it.

Determined, he contacted René Angelil again and insisted that he listen to the tape. After nine minutes of listening, he immediately called the young man back. Attracted by the voice of the young singer, she really wanted to meet him.

The businessman immediately discovers a shy girl, but bets everything on her. Seven months later, it came out Good voice of the Lord, an album that was only distributed in Quebec but still sold 50,000 copies. Céline continued her career in Quebec and met with many successes.

As a couple since 1988

While everyone seemed to smile at her professional, Celine Dion was lost emotionally. She quickly knew her feelings for her teacher, but knew their love was impossible. He was a minor, he was an adult, older than her, and married. Knowing her daughter’s attraction to René, Marie-Thérèse Dion looks down on this love affair. At the same time, René Angélil separated from his wife.

To give her career an international dimension, she decided to enroll the young woman in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1988. Celine Dion won first place in the popular competition, just one point ahead. to his opponent, the Briton Scott Fitzgerald.

Moved by the coronation, she ran to take refuge in her hotel room to recover from her emotions. As with each of his accomplishments, René meets with him to congratulate him. But when he came out of his room, he congratulated her and left, without giving her the traditional kiss on the cheek. The singer can’t fail to notice it. “You didn’t kiss me René Angelil”, he said. This is the time Céline and René kiss for the first time, and their story begins.

Celine Dion returns this time in 2015 on the show Celine confronts Dion : “I’ve had kisses before, with him, in mind. I have a photo, I kissed this photo so hard, my husband has no face left. No matter how many years you expect, you say to yourself, can’t be, I can’t feel that way. (…) Then at last one day, the kiss came, the one you’ve been waiting for a long time.It hit hard, it marks, it’s the scar of life. “

Then finally one day, the kiss arrived, that one you’ve been dreaming of for so long. It’s hit hard, it’s marked, it’s the scar of life.

Married in 1994

Their relationship remained a secret for five years, until the day the singer decided to formalize their story, during Sonia Benezra’s show, on the occasion of the launching party of her latest album.

Celine Dion and René Angélil decided to get married. The ceremony, worthy of a royal wedding, took place on December 17, 1994 at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. The singer dressed for the occasion in an imperial dress, as well as a large tiara, to keep her veil on. An outfit that will require more than 1000 hours of work.


Celine Dion and René Angélil, parents of three boys

As Celine Dion’s popularity continues to rise, especially with her interpretation of my heart Will go onthe main song of the film titanicthe singer expressed in 1999 a desire to take a break from her career to start a family with her husband.

At the same time, René Angelil is fighting against throat cancer. Six years after their marriage, they renewed their vows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on January 5, 2000. The actress announced the good news a few months later: she was pregnant. She gave birth to her son, René-Charles, on January 25, 2001, in Palm Beach, Florida.

While her career was at its peak, after years of appearing in Las Vegas, Celine Dion decided to quit her career again in 2009, to have a second child. After the first getting pregnant, she finally announced that she was expecting twins. Nelson and Eddy were born on October 23, 2010, also in Florida. He chose these names in honor of Nelson Mandela and his friend Eddy Marnay.


Celine Dion and René Angélil baptizing their oldest son, René Charles

The death of René Angelil in 2016

Always very close together, more than thirty years after their first meeting, on August 12, 2014, the singer announced that she had suspended her professional projects for “family and health reasons”. She suffers from inflammation and her husband’s condition is not good: he had just undergone surgery for a cancerous tumor. On January 14, 2016, René Angelil died of throat cancer, two days before his 74th birthday.

The singer accepted that her husband’s funeral on January 22, 2016 will be filmed, a day after a public tribute held in the burning chapel of the Notre-Dame basilica in Montréal. The star appeared there accompanied by her three children, her hair pulled back, covered with a black veil, her face serious.

A life to be rebuilt

After René’s death, Celine Dion left the spotlight, the time of mourning. Six weeks later, on February 24, 2016, she returned to the stage for a concert in Las Vegas where she paid tribute to her deceased husband. “It’s weird to notice that because he’s no longer in my life, the more he’s there,” she said in tears.

In his memory, four months after his death, he revealed the song another nightwritten by his lifelong friend, Jean-Jacques Goldman.

In 2019, Celine Dion released a new album, the first since the death of her husband. COURAGE a tribute to René, with sixteen fine pieces: Love Will Not Die, For The Love I Lost or Perfect Goodbye.

There isn’t a day that we don’t think of you.

On January 14, 2021, the artist shared a photo and words in memory of René, on his Instagram account: “René, 5 years ago … There is not a day that we do not think of you. We turn to you. now more than ever, that you may guide us, protect us and continue to watch over us. ”

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