I wanted him to leave in peace: Celine Dion describes her husband's final moments

Celine Dion opened up about the final moments of husband René Angélil's life as he lost his battle to throat cancer, describing that he couldn't eat or drink, to the point where she hoped that he would die peacefully.


                            I wanted him to leave in peace: Celine Dion describes her husband's final moments

Celine Dion, 49, recently opened up to Lisa Wilkinson in an interview for The Sunday Project about her husband René Angélil's final moments as he battled throat cancer, before eventually passing away at 73.

Lisa brought up Celine's relationship with her late husband during the interview, "René came into your life when you were twelve years of age. Was his impact on you immediate?"

Celine thought for a moment before replying, "I fell in love with him immediately... not in the romance way." She clarified, "I was in love with him for the way that he treated everyone around me."

Lisa ventured, "You kept the relationship quiet for a period of time. Were you concerned that people would put two and two together and get five about what had gone on?"

Celine affirmed, "Yeah, I was very concerned because as a young performer, I needed to prove to myself that I could do this career. When I started to be a young teenager... I was like, I'm starting to feel love." She added, " My mom was traveling with me until I was 18 years old... so she had to deal with me who had eyes only for René, and, having 14 children, she saw it coming before I did."

She said of her mother's opinion of René, "It was not the person that she wanted for me, and I don't blame her." Celine eventually married him in 1994, and they remained together until his death in 2016.

Celine Dion and her children, Getty
Celine Dion with her children and mother at a state funeral service for Rene Angelil in Montreal, Canada. (Getty Images)

She described René, "He taught me everything. He's the only man I've seen; he's the only man I've loved, and I've never kissed another man in my life."

Lisa then brought up the fact that Celine had stayed with him through both his bouts of cancer. Celine said, "For three years, my husband did not have a sip of water and food. He was eating through a tube."

She continued, "The only thing I hoped while (sic) his three years of agony - I wanted him to leave in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries." She described the way he died, saying, "He had a little heart attack, it was so quick, he didn't even feel anything."

Celine expressed "I thought that he was liberated from his pain."

Lisa asked her how she had been doing in the two years since René passed. Celine replied, "I'm doing really well, and he's as alive as he was before - not physically with us, but I live with him. I see him every day through the eyes of my children."

Since the death of her husband, Celine has been raising their three sons, a 17-year-old and twin 7-year-olds, on her own.

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