Celine Dion promised dying husband their family would be OK
Superstar Celine Dion assured her husband Rene Angelil she and their children were "gonna be OK" as she said goodbye moments before his death.
The My Heart Will Go On hitmaker lost her manager husband to throat cancer in January (16), and in her first TV interview since the tragic death, Celine reveals she used her last words with Rene to help him pass in peace.
"I started to talk to him and I said, 'You know what, I want you to just go in peace. I want you to not worry," she recalled to America's ABC News. "You were worrying for my career. You were worrying for the children. You were worrying for everything. It's enough. Do you trust me? Please do. Trust me.'
She continued, "'The kids are fine. I'm fine. I promise you we're gonna be OK. Please leave in peace. I don't want you to worry.' I covered him because he was very cold, I took one of his bathrobes and I put one on him and one on me. I talked to him in his ear and I kissed him so much."
Renee died shortly afterwards, but it was only as medical officials removed her husband's body from their home that Celine really broke down and let her emotions get the better of her.
"When they took him away, I chased the truck a little, like it was my kids going to school for the first day," she confessed in another interview with People magazine.
Meanwhile, the singer also discussed how she used animated 2009 movie Up to help explain Rene's passing to her youngest children, five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, comparing his death to the loss of elderly character Ellie in the film.
"Before I told them that their dad was not there, I talked about when we, everybody, gets sick," she told ABC reporter Deborah Roberts, in a chat which will air on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Wednesday (18May16).
"Then I said, 'Do you remember the movie Up? It's one of our favourites," Celine explained. "'Oh,' they said, 'Yes, Ellie went up,' you know, she with the balloons. And I said, 'Well, yeah... You know, today Papa went up.'"
"The only thing I wanted was for them to say 'up' (about the loss of their dad)," she added. "Up is a good thing, up is uplifting. We're going to call this, we're going to celebrate right now because Papa is no more in pain."
Celine and Rene were also parents to 15-year-old son Rene-Charles.
The media interviews mark the first time the superstar has opened up at length about her husband's death since taking time off from her career to grieve her loss.
She returned to the Las Vegas stage for her residency in late February (16), and will be feted with the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards in Sin City on Sunday (22May16), when she will honour her husband's legacy by performing a cover of rock band Queen's The Show Must Go On.
- Cover Media