I didn’t want to be here at first, I don’t need it. Don’t get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities. But René really gave me a gift. All my grieving, it was during this last year. I think I’ve got this. For now. When it hits me, it’s going to hit me. But my biggest job is to tell my husband, we’re fine. I’ll take care of our kids. You’ll watch us from another spot.”
After undergoing a series of treatments in Boston, Rene is back in Las Vegas. He has been fed intravenously for the past two years.
Celine said she and Rene have asked their doctors about a prognosis.
We have asked (doctors) many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know. But they say they don’t know.”
It’s hard to predict these things, I guess. She talked about how their children, 14-year-old Rene-Charles and four-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, are handling their father’s illness. Celine acknowledged it was hard for Rene-Charles to see how sick his father is, but the twins don’t really understand. She said:
[Nelson and Eddy] don’t know their father in any other state, and I’ll say ‘Come on, let’s go feed Dad,’ and they’ll come along with me.”
Celine, who calls Rene “the only boyfriend I’ve ever had,” have been having emotional conversations, as you can imagine.
I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it.’ 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 said she took notes when he spelled out how he wanted his funeral to be. He has been her business manager for her entire career, from the time she was a teenager.
Don’t forget, he’s been the leader of the band all my life. So it (hacks) him off to not see me all day and over here working. But he wants me to do this, do the show, do the interviews. But he freaks when I’m not home with him, too.”
It’s not clear if Rene will be able to attend her first show this Thursday night or if he’ll watch a live feed from their home. Celine dabbed at her eyes as she said:
That first show, it will be fragile. There will be moments. Of emptiness, laughter, awkwardness, tearing up. But that’s the point of coming back — otherwise, I just release an album.”
I can’t even imagine what she’s going through. Our thoughts are with them in this difficult time.
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