In January 2016, Céline Dion's beloved husband, René Angélil, passed away at age 73. René, who had been Dion's manager since she was just a teenager, was battling throat cancer for several years before he died of a heart attack. Speaking with The Project, the 49-year-old singer revealed that the love of her life spent his last years in "agony."
"For three years, my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube," she told journalist Lisa Wilkinson in the emotional new interview. "The only thing I hoped [for] while he was in three years of agony [is] I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries. He had a little heart attack, it's so quick, he didn't even feel anything. I thought that he was, like, liberated from his pain."
Céline also explained how René, to whom she was married to for 21 years, continues to occupy her whole world. "He taught me everything. He's the only man I've seen. He's the only man I've loved. I've never kissed another man in my life," she admitted.
Although it's been two years since René's passing, Céline recently explained that she's she's still very much in a state of mourning. "I think I will probably grieve for the rest of my life," Céline said in an interview with The Sun.
"René 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," she said. "I miss him a lot. I miss him a lot — for my partner, for the man I was embracing, kissing, [and] making love with. My worries, my dreams . . . "
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When asked if she could ever move on with another partner, Céline explained that she isn't yet ready. "Now it is definitely too soon for me," she said. "I am definitely in love with [René], married to him. He's the love of my life," she continued. "It's very difficult for me to see myself with another person. The love that I have for him, I live it every day. And as a woman, we do have emotions and feelings that come and go. And it's always with him."
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.