Celine Dion has had a tragic 2016, first and foremost on account of her husband Rene Angelil’s death in January and the death of her brother two days later.
And with the year winding down, the 48-year-old Dion has decided to look back on the highlights and moments that marked the turbulent year by sharing a retrospective video on Facebook, as reported by People.
Celine Dion’s tribute video started off with clips of television reports of her husband Rene Angelil’s death followed by clips of his funeral, which showed the singer and their three children — Rene-Charles, 15, and six-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.
Celine Dion’s husband died after a long battle with throat cancer on January 14. He was 73-years-old. Rene Angelil, who was also the singer’s manager, was married to Celine for 21 years before his passing.
The pair started dating in 1987 when the “My Heart Will Go On” singer was 19 and Angelil was 45. They got engaged in 1991, although they didn’t make their relationship public until 1993, when it was announced via a line note on the sleeve of Dion’s album The Colour of My Love.
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil got married in December 1994 at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica, the same venue where the funeral of the late talent manager was held. The highly-celebrated wedding was aired in Canada at the time.
Two days after Angelil’s death, Celine Dion’s brother Daniel, 59, died of cancer as well. The day of her brother’s date also happened to be her late husband’s birthday, compounding the tragedy that befell Dion at the start of the year.
As tragic as 2016 had been for the singer, the year had its share of triumphs and happy moments for her, many of which have been highlighted in the retrospective video. The first one was when Dion won the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22, in which her son Rene-Charles went up on stage to present the trophy to her.
It was a bittersweet moment for Celine Dion, who was brought to tears by her son’s presence and then took the opportunity to dedicate her performance to her late husband.
“Rene, this one’s for you. The show must go on,” a tearful Celine said while holding her son’s hand.
The five-time Grammy award winner released her tribute album (her 26th studio album) to her late husband in August and then toured around Europe and Canada to promote it.
Dion ended the retrospective video with a message to her fans, thanking them for their unwavering support all throughout her turbulent year.
“My voice does not resonate without you. You have made my childhood dream come true. I hope I have inspired you to reach out for yours.”
Back in May, Celine Dion had her first television interview since Angelil’s death, describing the tough life adjustments she and her kids have made, ET Online reports.
“It’s like I don’t live with him physically, but I live with him inside of me,” Dion tells ABC News‘ Deborah Roberts. “I miss him when he was well. I miss him the way that I knew him, without the sickness.”
“I saw him suffer and that is the worst,” she added. “Today, for me, I don’t wanna say that it’s not as hard. It’s a different kind of hard.”
Celine has been keeping herself busy since her husband’s death. On top of releasing an album in August, she also continued her Las Vegas residency at Caesars’ Palace. While it has been tough, the singer says she is taking things day by day.
“For me, this is so much right now that I don’t look at the schedule so much,” she said. “I trust my team and I trust René, he who lives within me, and I do my very best.”
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