Dion posted a picture of her and her three sons for Christmas and wished her fans during the festive season. She also spoke about the impact her husband had on her life.
Celine Dion on Monday took to social media to share a photo of herself posing in front of the Christmas tree with her three sons — twins Eddy and Nelson, 8, and René-Charles, 17 along with their two dogs, Charlie and Bear. “Her post of them in a quiet holiday setting comes just weeks before the three-year anniversary of the death of her husband René Angélil, who died of throat cancer on January 14, 2016, at the age of 73,” according to People. She shared the quiet Christmas photo on Instagram for her fans, with a simple Christmas wish written in English and French. She captioned the photo with this message. “May your heart and home be filled with warmth, peace, and love. Happy Holidays everyone! 🎄✨ – Céline, RC, Nelson, Eddy, Charlie and Bear xxx…”
Earlier, Dion had mentioned that whenever she is not performing Caesars Palace for her Las Vegas residency, she spends all of her time with her children. “The highlight of my day is always being with my children,” Dion said.
Her children continue to surprise her, particularly her twins. She said, “Even though my young sons are twins, they are so different.” Especially when it comes to fashion. “If one likes to wear a certain shirt, the other one wants something completely different. They’re searching for their own individuality. It’s important for their emotional growth.” Losing their father at such a young age would’ve been hard. But it was during this period that Dion and her sons became closer.
“I think I will probably grieve for the rest of my life,” adding further, “Rene has prepared me for all my life since I’m 12. I have never met another man in my life, never kissed another man in my life. I miss him a lot. I miss him a lot — for my partner, for the man I was embracing, kissing, making love with. My worries, my dreams …” While it’s obvious that she is devasted by the death of her husband, she’s been open with her grief and there’s some power to it.
“No one chooses to be sick,” she said. “Life imposes for you to be sick and you have the option to be strong or not be strong. But to be surrounded by the right people helps a lot because, if you know you will die, make the best of it. I proved to Rene that he was there for me and I’m going to be there for him — and I’m still there for him.” Dion and her husband and manager were married for 21 years.
“I organize myself to not feel lonely,” she explained to The Sun. “So I got myself a huge, huge, huge bed and I sleep with my twins. They are comforting me a lot. I need them. I need them close. When it’s time for them to say they want their room, their room’s ready. But we watch a lot of TV together. I’m discovering Disney.” Despite not having their father around, the kids have their own special way of connecting with their father. “We kiss him every night. We have a little ritual where we say goodnight to him with a little picture. Then the kids talk to him. And they write words, put them in balloons and we send the balloons to the sky,” Dion said.
When it comes to her singing on stage, Dion adopts a pre-concert ritual. It involves her clutching a bronze replica of Angélil’s hand. “I shake my husband’s hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show,” she told Stellar. “Even after he’s gone, I still talk to him.” These small things and rituals make one feel that the departed is still with them in some form.
That’s not all, in the studio, Dion also keeps his seat behind the sound mixing desk empty in his honor, too. “He taught me so much. He did a great job; what he had been giving to me all his life and all my life will always be with me. He gave me his all. He mortgaged his house to pay for my first album. I guess before he left he wanted to make sure I was fine. I’m trying to prove to him every day I’m fine. Our kids are growing, we feel strong. We’re good.”
Her residency in Vegas will end in June and she plans to spend most of her time with her kids and new projects. “I love doing the show so much, and I’m very grateful to be able to do it. But I’m also excited for the new things to come after it ends,” Dion told People in November. She also hints that there are a lot of things in stock for the coming year. “There are a lot of things in the works. I can’t talk about all of them yet, but I am in the studio working on a new English album. Hopefully, it will be out sometime in 2019.”
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