It’s been five months since Céline Dion had the worst week of her life. In January she lost her husband, René Angélil, the father of her three sons who was also her manager, and her brother died two days later. It would’ve been easy for her to just collapse and sit in a dark room and pull the covers over her head and, for all we know, she may have done just that. Because that’s a lot for one person to take.
Dion returned to the Las Vegas stage a few weeks after René’s passing. And for those who miss her and haven’t had a chance to check out her shows at Caesar’s Palace, she’ll be performing at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. Celine will be receiving the Icon award and will perform Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” a song title that has great significance in her life as a widow, as well as her relationship with René.
“René always insisted the show must go on,” Dion told People mag. “You know what, I’m 48 years old and I lost the love of my life. I miss him a lot from when he was great but not when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace.”
As any parent can relate to, the thing that keeps Céline going on is their kids. She told the mag, “I really, really want to prove to my kids their mother is strong.”
Dion was on Good Morning America on May 18 and in her first interview since Angélil’s death, she revealed that she stayed with her husband’s body after he had passed away, even putting a robe on him.
“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,” Dion recalled saying. “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.”
Wow. Even in possibly the worst hour she’ll ever have to endure, she was selfless enough to make sure René knew she had this and that he can finally let go. She was brave for him, is brave for their boys, and you know Céline will do everything in her power to make sure her boys remember their dad’s love and spirit. And that’s exactly what he would’ve wanted for her, to go on, move on. She helped him find peace and now, even though he’s no longer with her, he’s doing the same for her.