In January 2016, Celine Dion’s husband, René Angélil, lost his longtime battle to throat cancer at age 73.
But now, the “My Heart Will Go On” singer has revealed that she managed to fulfill his dying wish before the tragic loss.
In 2014, Dion stopped performing in order to stay by her ailing husband’s side.
But it was his wish that she returned to doing what she loved, despite his declining health, she told Entertainment Tonight.
“If you look at the definition of courage, it’s a big, big word. It’s an important word and everything that I went through the last three years for example, even before any past, I was not even sure if I was going to go and sing again.
But [Angélil] would want me to sing again, so I went back and forth and it was hard.”
In August 2015, several months before her husband’s death, the songstress resumed performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
It was what her husband wanted to see before he passed, Dion told ET:
“He wanted me to go back at Caesar’s. I wanted to be by his bedside, and he really wanted me to go back on stage. He wanted to see me perform again and I did. It was hard but I did and he could let go after, peacefully.”
According to the Daily Mirror, Dion said she performed on the night that her husband died:
“René wanted to die in my arms but, alas, I was singing that night. He died on the night of 13-14 January. He must have wanted to get up and he fell on the floor.”
His body was discovered by the nurse who she said was “distraught.”
The two share three children together, 18-year-old René-Charles, and 8-year-old twins, Eddy and Nelson.
Though her family is still mourning his loss, she explained that life must move on:
“Like I said today, we get sick, we lose people, we find out things, we have to find the inner strength and we all do, and it’s the courage. Life imposes things on you. You have no choice. You have to deal with them.”