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Celine Dion Discusses the Night Husband Rene Angelil Died

Celine Dion is opening up about the night that her beloved husband Rene Angelil died and how he was found after he passed away.

The 48-year-old singer revealed that Rene died in his sleep after falling out of his bed in the middle of the night. While Celine was performing her Vegas show, Rene had tried to get out of bed, but fell.

Rene wanted to die in my arms,” Celine told Paris Match magazine. “He must have wanted to get up and he fell on the floor.”

“Normally, after my show when he had taken his last medications, I gave him a kiss, tucked him in and sent him off to sleep. That evening I didn’t want to wake him. It was the nurse who found him the next day. Distraught, she came to find me,” she added.

Celine also told People that when she returned home from her show, she didn’t want to wake Rene, who was back in bed following the fall. She also confirmed that a doctor told her “that there was no fracture or injury or hematoma” from the fall.

“I didn’t want to wake him,” she said. “I should have gone and said, ‘I love you and I’m here,’ but I don’t want to live with that regret. I meant well by not waking him.”

“I got on my knees and I kissed him,” Celine explained about what she did after Rene was found dead. “It was the coldest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life, but it was amazing. I said, ‘Promise me not to worry. I’m fine, the kids are great, we’re gonna be okay. It’s enough suffering. Just go in peace.’”

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Celine Dion Talks About Rene-Charles' Billboard Surprise

Celine Dion is opening up about being moved to tears by her 15-year-old son Rene-Charles Angelil‘s surprise appearance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

The 48-year-old singer was presented with the Icon Award by her son and she broke down and apologized for her tears on stage.

“To try to perform that song without collapsing was big enough and then I turned around and I saw my son. As a mother, I really, through this whole process of our new life, wanted to be strong,” Celine told Entertainment Tonight. “I thought I was going to make it through the whole night without tears and show strength, and love won,” she said. “I just collapsed. I’m very thankful for the award and proud of my family so much.”

“You have to be strong, but I think it’s important as well to not hold everything,” Celine added. “I tried to hold it in front of my 5-year-old twins, but my 15-and-a-half year old beautiful son is old enough to understand. Even though I did not want to cry, he understands it’s okay because it is therapeutic and you can’t take so much pressure. You can take so much strength and weight on your shoulders, but sometimes you can’t control everything.”

“I’m not the first woman and I’m not the last one who will lose her husband,” she continued. “It’s hard, but my family is helping me through it. I hope I think people know that I don’t do music, I don’t do my passion and sing to win an award. It’s never been the number one goal. It’s to share moments with fans and the celebration of music itself.”


Celine Dion on Emotional Billboard Music Awards Appearance: ‘I Just Collapsed’
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Celine Dion's Son Rene-Charles Presents Her with Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards 2016 (Video)

Celine Dion stands on stage with her 15-year-old son Rene-Charles Angelil at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday (May 22) in Las Vegas.

The 48-year-old singer was presented with the Icon Award by her son and she got emotional with him standing by her side.

“I’m so sorry for crying. I want to be so strong for my family and my kids and I didn’t expect that. I don’t want to cry in front of you. You make me so happy,” Celine said to her son. She then asked him to stand next to her and he said, “sure, yeah!”

Earlier this year, Rene-Charles moved the world when he gave a eulogy at his father’s funeral. Make sure to watch the video if you missed it.

15+ pictures inside of Celine Dion with her son at the awards show… More Here! »

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Celine Dion Recalls Her Final Moments with Rene-Angelil Before His Death

Celine Dion has given her first television interview since the tragic death of her husband Rene Angelil.

During the interview, the 48-year-old superstar entertainer described her final moments spent with her husband just before he passed away.

“You were worrying for my career. You were worrying for the children. You were worrying for everything. It’s enough. Do you trust me? Please do. Trust me,” Celine recalled saying to Rene Angelil on his deathbed. “The kids are fine. I’m fine. I promise you we’re gonna be okay. Please leave in peace. I don’t want you to worry.”

Celine also recalled how she told their children, five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, and 15-year-old Rene-Charles, about their father’s death.

“Before I told them that their dad was not there, I talked about when we, everybody, gets sick. Then I said, ‘Do you remember the movie ‘Up,’” Celine said. “It’s one of our favorites…’Oh,’ they said, ‘Yes, Ellie went up. You know, she, with the balloons.’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah … You know, today Papa went up.’”

“The only thing I wanted is for them to say up,” Celine continued. “Up is a good thing. Up is uplifting. Papa was very sick. He didn’t have a sore throat. He did not have a bellyache. He did not have an earache. Do you remember Papa had a tube in his belly? Do you have a tube in your belly? Do you? I don’t. That’s really, really, really, really, really sick.”

Celine Dion Pays Tribute to Rene Angelil at First Concert Back in Las Vegas (Video)

Celine Dion sings her heart out while performing in her first concert since the death of her husband Rene Angelil on Tuesday (February 23) at The Colosseum in Las Vegas, Nev.

The 47-year-old singer added a couple songs to the set as a tribute to Rene and she spoke about his death.

“Through my life I only had eyes for my husband, who sat out here night after night,” Celine said. “People thought that I was looking at him but I didn’t need to because every time I closed my eyes, I felt Rene on stage with me — whether he was seated in his seat right there, in the balcony, backstage, or at home with the kids. He’s always been on stage with me and nothing will ever change that.”

“I might not hear his voice yet, but I talk to him, I think of him all the time,” Celine said towards the end of the speech. “I feel and I know he hears me, one way or another. I know he will give me a sign for his approval or not. And now I can feel that he is telling me to zip it and start singing.”

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Celine Dion Live Streams First Concert After Rene Angelil's Death - Watch Now

Celine Dion is making her return to the stage after the tragic death of her husband Rene-Angelil last month.

The 47-year-old entertainer will take the stage in Las Vegas to celebrate her return, and pay tribute to Rene. At 10:30pm EST, Celine will live stream the first 10 minutes of her show.

“We are pleased to announce the return of Céline to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, February 23 at 10:30 PM (EST), join Céline and her fans in Las Vegas for a trip down memory lane, live at The Colosseum, to celebrate her return and witness Céline’s loving tribute to René,” a statement on her website read.

Watch the first 10 minutes of Celine‘s Las Vegas return below!

Celine Dion Gets Emotional During René Angélil's Memorial Service

Celine Dion gets very emotional during a memorial service for her late husband René Angélil at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace on Wednesday (February 3) in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Let me start by saying good evening good friends. Rene, the love of my life, would be so happy to know we are here together. I feel the love in this room,” the 47-year-old entertainer told the crowd. “This is my home away from home. At the same time I’m supposed to feel extremely comfortable being home and right now I’m not sure how comfortable I feel.”

René never hated anyone. Is it possible someone loves everybody? I don’t think so. But he never told me a person he disliked. Time was precious to him. He loved life so much, so very much,” Celine added. The couple’s son Rene-Charles, 14, watched on as his mom gave her heartfelt speech.

You can watch the entire memorial service here.

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