Celine Dion is opening up about letting music heal after losing her husband, brother and mother.
The Canadian icon, 51, chatted with People magazine in an emotional interview following the release of her Apple Music doc “Behind Céline Dion’s Courage”.
“I feel good these days,” Dion admits. “It’s no secret that I’ve gone through some tough times, obviously losing my husband and my brother a few years ago, and my mother very recently. Life presents challenges to us and we try to find ways to move on.”
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But thankfully, Dion says she fell in love with the healing power of music again, “Music can be a healing force, and the songs on my new album have helped me find new strength in my life… and perhaps a bit more independence, because I’m the head of the household now. I’ve got sole responsibility for my children, and you find out more things about yourself when you’re in that situation.”
She later added, “I mentioned that music to me is a way of healing, but the most important job I have is to be the best mother I can for my children. They are the biggest source of my healing.”
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In 2016, Dion lost her beloved husband, René Angélil, after a long battle with cancer and just days later, she lost her brother Daniel Dion. Last month, Dion’s mother passed away.
In the weeks since losing her mother, Dion penned an emotional letter to fans, thanking them for their continued support during this difficult time.
“On behalf of my entire family, I would like to thank all of you for your expressions of sympathy, which have touched us very deeply,” she wrote, captioning a photograph of her late mother. “If you wish, you can write a note or make a donation on the Fondation Maman Dion website. Helping children in need, will help us to heal.”
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Au nom de ma famille et en mon nom personnel, je tiens à vous remercier pour vos messages de sympathie suite au décès de notre mère. Votre respect et votre fidélité nous ont beaucoup touchés. Vous pouvez écrire un mot ou faire un don sur le site de la Fondation maman Dion. Vous transformerez ainsi notre chagrin en aidant des enfants dans le besoin. – Céline xx… . On behalf of my entire family, I would like to thank all of you for your expressions of sympathy, which have touched us very deeply. If you wish, you can write a note or make a donation on the Fondation Maman Dion website. Helping children in need, will help us to heal. – Celine xx… . 📸: ©Monic Richard
Angélil and Dion shares sons Rene-Charles, 19, and twins, Nelson and Eddy, both 9.
“Behind Céline Dion’s Courage” is available now for Apple Music subscribers.