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Iconic singer Celine Dion lost her husband, music producer and talent manager René Angélil, five years ago. Although his death was challenging for Dion, her heart has gone on. The world-renowned performer tends to be private when it comes to her family and personal life, but Dion recently got candid about life without her husband. Read on to see what she had to say about mourning Angélil and raising their kids without him.
Celine Dion says her late husband is still with her and her kids.
During a May 17 interview with Today, Dion opened up about how she is faring without her husband. Angélil and Dion were married for 22 years until he passed away in 2016 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. "Losing my husband, for my kids to lose their father, it was quite something," Dion said. "I feel like René has given me so much through the years and still today. I see my kids. I look at them—we live with him. We still live with him. He's part of our lives every day, so I have to say that I feel very, very strong."
Earlier this year, on the fifth anniversary of Angélil's passing, Dion shared a heartfelt tribute on her Instagram. "There's not one day that we don't think about you. We're reaching out to you now more than ever," she wrote at the beginning of a lengthy caption beneath a photo of the couple holding hands.
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Dion doesn't know if she'll date again.
When the singer was asked if she would date again, Dion shared a candid response. "I don't know. I have no idea. But right this second, love is so big right now in my life, with my kids, with life itself. I'm not thinking about a relationship and falling in love again," she said. "Do I have to say that it will never happen anymore? I don't know."
In a 2019 appearance on Today, Dion was asked if she was dating at the time. "I don't date. I'm not ready to date," she answered. "I'm very lucky and happy to have so many people in my surrounding to make me—they make me laugh." However, Dion admitted that she missed the connection shared with a significant other. "I miss to be touched. I miss to be hugged. I miss to be told, 'You're beautiful.' I miss what a boyfriend and I miss what a husband would do," she continued.
The singer says her Las Vegas residency helped her following the loss of her husband.
In her most recent interview, Dion said that her Las Vegas residency was crucial in helping the family carry on following the loss of Angélil. "Vegas has given us, my family and I, an opportunity for me to be a mom, for them to be kids, for me to perform for my fans and to practice my passion and every night come home," she said. "That is rare, so I really feel that Vegas has given me motherhood and the best as an artist, the best of both worlds."
The singer is eager to get back to the stage with a new residency that kicks off in November. "It's going to be about an energy, about starting again, about living again, about feeling that something will come out of this, hopefully," Dion said. "It's about a moment."
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Dion and her children got back to basics during the pandemic.
Dion was not immune to the effects of the COVID pandemic. Her tour was canceled, and her family went into lockdown with the rest of the world. "The whole world shut off, and it was definitely different, but for us we were very fortunate," she told Today. Dion and Angélil shared three sons: 20-year old René-Charles and 10-year old twins Eddy and Nelson.
The family went back to basics when they were home during the pandemic. "It was the old-fashioned family fun, simple pleasures of life, playing outside a lot, being with them, cuddling at night," Dion recalled. "Honestly, making the best out of this."