Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, passed away in 2016, after a battle with cancer
COVER IMAGE SOURCE: (L) Singer Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil arrives at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Renowned singer Celine Dion recently paid tribute to her twin sons Nelson and Eddy on their 10th birthday on October 23. The mum-of-three referenced her late husband who died after a long battle with throat cancer in 2016. The legendary vocalist shared several rare (both current and past) images of the pre-teen boys and captioned the sweet images: Nelson and Eddy, you have been bringing so much joy, love and laughter into our lives every single day for the past 10 years. You make me, your big brother and your Dad, who is for sure watching over you, so very proud. Happy birthday my beautiful boys! We love you so very much... - Mom, RC and Dad xx... Dion also shares 19-year-old son René-Charles with her late husband.
The photos of her kids are a rare sight as the singer doesn't often share photos of her sons. However last year, too, Dion also publicly wished Nelson and Eddy happy birthday, writing: Double the laughter and double the love. Happy 9th Birthday, Nelson and Eddy! I’m so very proud of my boys. I love you. More recently, she also posted a photo of her posing with her twin boys in solidarity with GLAAD's Spirit Day, a campaign against anti-LGBTQ bullying.
The now 52-year-old singer first met her husband when she was only 12 years old! She met Canadian music producer René Angélil who was 38 at the time during an audition. They began dating when she was 19 years old and he was 45, reports Cheat Sheet. Of course, their relationship seemed unorthodox but they ended up together for decades and grew their family. "I was afraid of what people would think," Angélil had confessed of their 26-year age gap. But Dion couldn't hide it any longer, "When you're in love, you want to scream it to the world." They tied the knot in 1994 and became one of the longest-lasting married celebrity couples.
Angélil tragically passed away in 2016 from throat cancer. The Canadian icon singer who shares three sons with Angélil admits that she's still very much in love with her husband and isn't thinking of dating or remarrying. Last year, she told Andy Cohen, "I do not date, I do not have a boyfriend. If I do find someone, great. If I don't, great. Because I'm still in love, once you are in love so much... I have lived all my life with René, he is still within me. I see him through the eyes of my children every day. I'm so passionate about life. I'm so lucky to have my three beautiful sons."
The couple shared a career and later a life together for 21 years. While this may not be a conventional relationship, it was definitely a long-lasting one. Angélil was dedicated to Dion from the start and they were keen on growing their family. According to Good Housekeeping, after multiple rounds of IVF, the pair happily welcomed fraternal twin boys on October 23. They were named after two famous personalities. Nelson was named after the South African President Nelson Mandela, and Eddy for French songwriter Edd Marnay. "My greatest reward is my children," she said. "Unless you are a mom you don't know what you're missing or what it even is really... It gives you true meaning to your life and it's the most important job. Who cares if people like me as a singer or not, they can find other singers and there will be other singers. But no other mother can be a better mother for my children than me."
One of the most painful episodes in the singer's life was when Angélil was diagnosed with throat cancer In 1998 and when his cancer relapsed in 2013. Unfortunately, the second time round he succumbed to the disease and passed away in 2016. When she released her first album in 2019 after years, it was evident that the songs were filled with personal experiences. "There's no replacing the way you touched me, I still feel the rush," she croons on the title track. Sometimes it drowns me until I can't breathe, thinking it's only in our memories, is another line from her album. Dion said "Courage" was inspired by the things "we all go through in life," including moments of loss and sickness. Through it all, Dion has braved many a hardship, and come out stronger than ever. She inspires her family and fans around the world to face life with courage.