Celine Dion paid tribute to her late husband René Angélil this past Thursday, January 14.
He passed away five years ago.
Dion, 52, posted a photo of her and the music producer holding hands via Instagram, along with a heartfelt caption about her husband of 21 years.
“René, it’s been 5 years already … There’s not one day that we don’t think about you. We’re reaching out to you now more than ever, to guide us, protect us, and continue to watch over us. And we pray that you’ll shine your love on the entire world, to all those at this very moment, who are facing incredibly difficult times,” Dion captioned the picture.
“You are in our hearts and in our lives forever. We love you, Celine, René-Charles, Nelson and Eddy xx.”
In April 2019, the singer spoke out about her husband’s death during an appearance on Good Morning America.
She went on to share the piece of advice she’d give others dealing with such a loss, which was, “You cannot stop living. Go forward. Today is the first day of the beginning of [your] life.”
At that time, she said she felt “so powerful and in charge and grounded and happy” as a single mom, crediting Angélil, who was 73 when he died, with giving her “strength” during their relationship:
“I will never be a dad but it’s like … I’m in a double job as a parent — I’m a ‘parents.’ I’m the big deal! And the kids are growing and I see them and I look at them and I’m like, ‘Wow, we’ve done a great job and I’m so proud.”
Two years after her husband died in February 2018, Dion appeared on Australian TV show The Project where she talked about keeping her husband’s memory alive.
“He’s as alive as he was before. [He’s] not physically with us, but I live with him. I see him every day through the eyes of my children,” she explained.
Dion and Angélil met when she was 12 years old and married in December 1994, when she was 26. The two shared sons René-Charles, 19, and twins Nelson and Eddy, 10. Angelil died in January 2016 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer.
When speaking with Paris Match magazine at the time, she shared: “René wanted to die in my arms.” She was performing the night he passed away, however. He died after falling out of bed.
Dion shared, “He must have wanted to get up and fell on the floor.”
Celine added how the two had a post-show routine, which involved her giving him “a kiss” and tucking him in. That evening, she didn’t want to wake him, and a nurse found him the next morning.
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