Saturday 3 December 2016

'We thank from the bottom of our hearts' - Celine Dion issues first statement since husband Rene Angelil's funeral

Published 29/01/2016 | 22:57

Recording artist Celine Dion attends the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Recording artist Celine Dion attends the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Celine Dion has spoken out publicly for the first time since her late husband Rene Angelil was laid to rest.

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The My Heart Will Go On singer mourned her spouse at his funeral on 22 January at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica - the church where she and Rene were married in 1994.

Angelil's funeral service was broadcast nationally and Celine now admits grieving with millions of people helped her cope with the sadness of saying goodbye to her husband of over two decades.

The widowed musician shared her gratitude for the support of other mourners in a statement published in French on her website on Friday.

The English translation reads: "We thank from the bottom of our heart all the people who have expressed their love for Rene during these trying times. Your testimony and your support helped us, more than you can imagine to take this step and say our farewells.

"Thank you also to the Government of Quebec for holding a national funeral, as well as to the many individuals and organisations who worked to provide a final tribute to the height of the man he was."

In this handout photo provided by Feeling Productions Inc., Celine Dion and immediate family and close friends pay their last respect to Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Rene Angelil died on January 14, 2016 from cancer. (Photo by Ladislas Kadyszewski / OSAIMAGES / Feeling Productions Inc. via Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by Feeling Productions Inc., Celine Dion and immediate family and close friends pay their last respect to Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Rene Angelil died on January 14, 2016 from cancer. (Photo by Ladislas Kadyszewski / OSAIMAGES / Feeling Productions Inc. via Getty Images)

Dion signed off with her own name and that of her sons with Angelil, Rene-Charles, 15, and five-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, and his three children from previous relationships.

Angelil lost his battle with cancer in Henderson, Nevada on 14 January (16), two days ahead of his 74th birthday.

In this handout photo provided by Feeling Productions Inc., Celine Dion pays her last respects to husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Rene Angelil died on January 14, 2016 from cancer. (Photo by Olivier Samson Arcand / OSAIMAGES / Feeling Productions Inc. via Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by Feeling Productions Inc., Celine Dion pays her last respects to husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Rene Angelil died on January 14, 2016 from cancer. (Photo by Olivier Samson Arcand / OSAIMAGES / Feeling Productions Inc. via Getty Images)

Dion has coped with significant loss within the past month as her brother Daniel, one of the star's 13 siblings, also lost his battle with cancer on 16 January, just two days after her husband's death.

Recording artist Celine Dion, children Rene-Charles Angelil, Eddy Angelil, Nelson Angelil and Therese Dion attend the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Kate Hutchinson/Getty Images)
Recording artist Celine Dion, children Rene-Charles Angelil, Eddy Angelil, Nelson Angelil and Therese Dion attend the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Kate Hutchinson/Getty Images)

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