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Céline Dion: René is my dream-maker

Published 26/08/2015

Céline Dion and René Angélil
Céline Dion and René Angélil

Céline Dion loves nothing more than the “stinky hockey smell” of her boys at home.

The Power of Love singer has been married to the 73-year-old for 20 years. The couple have three sons and despite her incredible career, becoming a mother is the 47-year-old’s greatest achievement.

“René has been my security, my dream-maker,” she told USA Today. “He always wanted me to have everything I ever wanted, even the things I didn’t know I wanted. But the children, that was the biggest thing.”

The family has had a tough time over the last couple of years as René has battled throat cancer. Céline postponed all her showbusiness commitments in August last year, including her Las Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace, but she will resume her shows on Thursday night with René’s encouragement.

“When I decided to stop the show because René wasn’t feeling well, it was because here I was shaking my butt every night, singing ‘Everybody dance now,’ and I wasn’t feeling good about that. … But he wants me there,” she continued. "He doesn't fit into my dress, but believe me, René is with me on that stage.”

Céline has been rehearsing as much as possible ahead of her comeback. But at the end of the day, she loves nothing more than coming home to her boys and their friends.

“When I see my house with these kids sprawled out on mattresses, with their stinky hockey smell and the dryers drying their equipment, the video games going, the open bags of chips, it makes me happy,” she laughed.

While the family don’t know how much time René has left, they are all doing their best to remain positive and upbeat.

“It’s important to open your eyes in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror and ask two questions: Are you dead, or do you have a ticket to ride?" she continued. “There are just two tickets. If you’re alive, have a good day. Because today is the most important day of your life.”

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