René Angélil died in January, just two days before his 74th birthday, after a long battle with throat cancer. As the anniversary of his passing approaches, the 48-year-old mother of three wants time to slow down.
“I can’t believe it’s going to be a year that my husband passed,” she said. “I don’t know when Santa Claus is coming, but if I had a wish to make this year, can you just tell him to take his time? I’m not ready! It’s kind of a bittersweet moment and at the same time we need to really make the holidays really happy.”
She continued, “I feel thankful that he doesn’t suffer and he doesn’t have to worry because we got him. He got us and the spirit of the holidays will get us together again … We’re going to ski again all together and he will be there with us.”
Dion, who resumes her Las Vegas residency on Jan. 17, said the twins will be skiing for the first time this year and that she has found an area that’s a bit more private to reduce the risk of any accidents on the slopes.
She told us, “For me the trip is not to party. It’s to try and mediate, find balance and be at peace with myself and my children and to eat, to play games, whether it’s Monopoly or the telephone game.”
After suffering the devastating loss of her husband earlier this year, Céline Dion is preparing to face her first Christmas without her beloved René Angélil.
In an exclusive interview with Page Six, the legendary singer said that this “bittersweet” holiday season will serve as a time to be at peace with her children and herself — and not to wallow in the pain of their loss.
“I cannot just live on like, ‘I lost my husband, my children have no father,’” she told us. “I have to stand tall and strong because this is my way of living: Stand tall, be positive, pick your battles, do the best you can and to live for today, not for tomorrow, for today, and know nothing is perfect, not everything you want will happen.”
This year’s Christmas celebration will be a poignant tribute to Angélil, who Dion feels will be present as she and their children, 15-year-old René-Charles and 6-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, go skiing in Montana, as was tradition un” #Repost @_celine_dion_5