Celine Dion used the movie Up to try and explain to her children that their father had died
Tuesday - 17/05/2016 23:05
CELINE Dion has shared the touching way she told her sons that their father had died, as she reveals her final words to husband, Rene Angelil.
The Power of Love singer, 48, was left devastated when her husband of 21 years died f-rom throat cancer earlier this year at the age of 73.
Dion first met Angelil when she was 12 and he was 38 but she didn’t start dating him until she was 19.
Together they had three sons, Rene-C-harles, 15, and six-year-old twins, Nelson and Eddy.
Dion told ABC News how she let the children know that their father was no longer around.
“Before I told them that their dad was not there, I talked about when we, everybody, gets sick. Then I said, ‘Do you remember the movie Up”’ she said of the 2009 Disney animation, adding, “It’s one of our favourites.”
“’Oh’, they said, ‘Yes, Ellie went up. You know, she, with the balloons.’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah … You know, today Papa went up.”’
Dion explained that when asking her sons whe-re ‘Papa’ had gone, all she wanted to hear was ‘up’.
“Up is a good thing. Up is uplifting,” she said.
Dion said she took her boys outside to spread what she called ‘pixie dust’ and release balloons into the sky.
She recalled telling her sons “We’re gonna say, ‘Papa, we love you. Have a good up,’ and we’re gonna spread this, and it’s gonna go to him.”
Rene-C-harles' touching tribute to dad
Dion said her husband finally passed once she told him that he had nothing to worry about.
“(I said) you were worrying for my career. You were worrying for the children. You were worrying for everything. It’s enough. Do you trust me? Please do. Trust me,” she recalls.
“The kids are fine. I’m fine. I promise you we’re gonna be okay. Please leave in peace. I don’t want you to worry.”