Celine Dion has opened up about her husband’s battle with cancer and revealed his dying wish – to pass away peacefully in her arms.
René Angélil suffers from throat cancer and has been been fed intravenously for two years. Celine famously took a break from her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace in 2014 to care for him – and will return to the stage this week, much to the delight of her fans.
“That first show, it will be fragile,” Celine recently told USA Today. “There will be moments. Of emptiness, laughter, awkwardness, tearing up. But that’s the point of coming back — otherwise, I just release an album.”
The couple, who have been together for 21 years, are currently facing their biggest hurdle and have discussed the end.
“I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it,’” Celine revealed. “And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ OK, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”
She continued, “When you see someone who is fighting so hard, it has a big impact on you. You have two choices. You look at your husband who’s very sick and you can’t help and it kills you. Or you look at your husband that’s sick and you say. ‘I got you. I got it. I’m here. It’s going to be just fine.’”