Sunday 25 September 2016

Celine Dion on helping her 5-year-old twins grieve for their dad Rene

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Published 17/09/2016 | 13:52

Celine Dion leaves the church with her children, Rene-Charles, center left, and twins Eddy and Nelson after funeral services for her husband Rene Angelil, at Notre Dame Basilica Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Montreal. Angelil died Jan. 14, in Las Vegas at the age of 73. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Celine Dion leaves the church with her children, Rene-Charles, center left, and twins Eddy and Nelson after funeral services for her husband Rene Angelil, at Notre Dame Basilica Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Montreal. Angelil died Jan. 14, in Las Vegas at the age of 73. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Celine Dion is thankful to have had the movie Up to help explain the loss of her husband Rene Angelil to their youngest children.

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The couple's eldest son, Rene-Charles, turned 15 less than two weeks after his father's death in January, but Dion was most concerned about grief counselling for their five-year-old twins, Eddy and Nelson.

"I asked for some books for children to help me to guide them through this," the My Heart Will Go On superstar explained in a Yahoo! interview with U.S. broadcaster Katie Couric.

"And (the books) kind of, like, shook me up so much. It was not my way of wanting to talk to my children."

Celine Dion pictured with her husband Rene Angelil in 2011
Celine Dion pictured with her husband Rene Angelil in 2011

The 48-year-old found an ideal solution in animated hit Up by accident, and now wants the world to know what is helping her heart go on.

"Up saved my life," she smiled, before referencing an elderly character in the 2009 family film.

"I said, 'What is the movie that Ellie died in?' And they said, 'Ellie died in the movie Up, Mum.' I said, 'That's it. Ellie,' I said. 'Well, I want you to now listen to me.' I said, 'Papa is now with Ellie.'"

She is also beyond moved by the support of her fans in helping her through such a difficult time, especially after losing her brother, Daniel, to the same disease just two days after Rene's passing.

Disney's Up explores aspects of grief and loss
Disney's Up explores aspects of grief and loss

"They've been always there. And when Rene passed, I was extremely touched by the fact that they were so, so there," she revealed.

"The applause that I received for the last three months were not applause of, 'Oh, Celine, we love you so much. She's gonna sing my favorite song tonight. Oh my gosh.'

"They were saying to me without a word, 'Are you OK? You know we're there. You know we've always been there. Are your children fine? We can't believe you're here. Are you sure you wanna do that? We love you so much.'

"I felt that," she added. "And I feel that the fans were grieving with me. And that helped a lot. Tremendously. They know me beyond the songs. And that, for me, is priceless."

Honoree Celine Dion (L), recipient of the Icon Award, and Rene-Charles Angelil pose in the Photo Room during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards
Honoree Celine Dion (L), recipient of the Icon Award, and Rene-Charles Angelil pose in the Photo Room during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Celine's self-titled show is continuing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with tickets currently on sale through June.

Celine Dion with her husband and manager Rene Angelil, following a press conference at the Molson Centre in Montreal, in this September 8, 1999 file photo
Celine Dion with her husband and manager Rene Angelil, following a press conference at the Molson Centre in Montreal, in this September 8, 1999 file photo

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