If two souls are meant to be together, they will find each other no matter what. Celine Dion and Rene Angelil relationship are proof that soulmates exist and that a 26-year age difference cannot win the vote: “In sickness and in health, love, and care, until death do us part”.
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Celine Dion And Rene Angelil Love Story
Celine Met René When She Was Just 12 Years Old
After hearing Celine’s voice on a tape one of her brothers sent to renowned music manager René Angélil, 38, Celine received an invitation from him to audition in Quebec. From that moment on, René began to manage Celine’s career and pinned all his hopes into it. He even mortgaged his house to finance Celine’s debut album in 1981.
Thanks to René’s bold move, today Celene Dion is the best-selling Canadian artist and the best-selling French-speaking artist of all time.
They Kept Their Relationship A Secret At First
When Celine was 17 or 18 years old, she began to see Rene differently and developed romantic feelings for him. At night, she would put a photo of her future husband René under her pillow, hiding it from the mother with whom she shared a room.
In her autobiography, the singer wrote: “Every time I could hide less and less that I was in love with René; I had all the symptoms. I was in love with a man who couldn’t love, who didn’t want me to love him, who didn’t want to love me.”
Celine and Rene always worked and traveled together. One day, when they were in Dublin for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 (where Dion won 1st place), instead of a goodnight kiss on the cheek, René went for something else, and as he said himself, “Everything changed.”
In an interview, when Celine was asked if she had been in love with Rene by then, she revealed, “I was in love long before that.”
For several years, René and Celine’s relationship was known only to friends and family, as they feared that the public might find the 26-year age difference inappropriate.
Her Mother Didn’t Approve Of René
Before Celine, René was married 2 times and had 3 children from his previous marriages. In 1985, when Celine was about 17 years old, he divorced his second wife, Anne-Marie Angélil.
When Celine was 19 years old, she revealed to her mother that she had romantic feelings for her manager, René. She was opposed at first and tried to convince her daughter that René was not responsible, since he already had 2 failed marriages and 3 children.
After they started dating, René won the love of all 13 of Celine’s siblings and their mother eventually grew closer. “She had no other choice. Love wins.”
The Couple Welcomed Their First Baby Boy After Years Of Fertility Treatments
After many failed attempts to conceive and 2 minor operations at a fertility clinic, in 2001 Celine and René had their first bundle of joy, René-Charles Angélil. In 2010, after several IVF treatments, the couple welcomed twin boys, Eddy and Nelson.
Celine Stayed By Her Husband’s Side Until His Last Breath
In 2013, when Celine was about to perform live on television, she returned to her dressing room, where she saw her husband shocked and devastated. It was then that he learned that René had heard from his doctor that he was facing throat cancer again.
During Rene’s illness, Celine took care of her loving husband and did everything herself. Even though René wanted Celine to continue on the shows, he realized he couldn’t do both and took a break from his career to be by her side until he passed away in 2016.
In an interview with ABC, Celine spoke about her loss, saying, “I don’t live with him physically, but I live with him inside of me.”
Dion And René Were Married For 21 Years
Throughout their marriage, the couple stuck together through the good times and the bad, through the good times and the bad together, and most importantly, they kept their vows “till death do them part.” In an interview, Celine revealed the secret to her long-lasting marriage: “Communication. It is the key to marriage, to children, to anything.”
Do you think age has nothing to do with love? What is your secret to a lasting marriage?