Celine Dion On Helping Her Kids Cope With Their Dad’s Death: ‘It Was A Lesson For Me’

Celine Dion has opened up about her first year without her husband Rene Angelil, who tragically died from complications with cancer last January.

The Canadian songstress, who attended the Grammys yesterday, reveals she has had to be strong for her sons – Rene-Charles, 16, and six-year-old twins, Eddy and Nelson – as they cope with their dad’s death.

Taking Charge

“I have to say it’s probably not a lesson, but it’s something that I have no choice to take charge of, that I’m proud of: it’s to prepare my children for their dad’s passing,” she told Instyle on the red carpet at the Grammys.

“And that was a lesson for me—that you never know when things like this strikes and you need to take charge. It was a lesson for me, but they’re doing great.”

“In life, you never know what’s going to happen, so you should never wait for tomorrow to do what can be done today, to say, I love you, or send a thank-you note, or to call your Mum or Dad, or get something out of your chest, or your best friend, or tomorrow. The future is now.”

‘He’s Always With Me’

Meanwhile, the 48-year-old Think Twice singer told interviewer Nancy O’Dell on the red carpet that sometimes she doesn’t believe Rene’s really gone.

“We’re doing really well, thank you for asking. There are days where I feel it’s been three years and then there’s days it feels like it’s it’s not happening,” she says.

“He’s always with me and I know that he’s very proud.”

Rene died of cancer aged 73 in January last year and was given a state funeral in Montreal.

If you are going through something similar and are struggling to cope, we advise you to speak to your GP.

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