Show business is once again in mourning. After the passing of David Bowie at the beginning of this week, it is the turn of Réné Angelil to bow out. It was his wife, the singer Céline Dion who tweeted the sad news and asked for respect for the family’s privacy.
He was first diagnosed with the throat cancer that finally took him in 1998. In 2014, Céline Dion put her career on hold for the man who was not only her husband, but also her manager. He only stepped down in 2014 as her manager when the illness got particularly worse, but he encouraged Céline Dion to return back to her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Their love story was marked with devotion and tenderness. They first met when she was 12 years old. Her parents had asked the music manager to manage the career of their daughter. The belief he had in her talent was so strong that he even re-mortgaged his house in order to finance her album. They started dating when she was 19 and Angélil was 45 years old. Although Angélil has admitted fearing the reaction of people, Céline Dion was more of the person to throw caution to the wind.
“When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world.”
And despite the disapproval of her mother, who in the end relented, Céline Dion married Réné Angélil in a lavish ceremony which was even broadcasted live on Canadian TV.
Like every relationship, they knew success but also the normal pressures of married life.
“It was hard – a lot of hard work not only being husband and wife, but also being in business together, dealing with all the added pressures of shows, concerts, tours, traveling,” the singer has said.
Their toughest battle, however, was the diagnosis of Angélil’s throat cancer in 1998, and then again in 2013.