The music industry must have been shocked with the arrival of Celine Dion. It is rare to find someone so talented and successful at the same time! Always the subject of the spotlight, she recently decided to speak out about something sensitive… What did she say?
Her Husband’s Diagnosis
There is nothing on earth that will prepare you to hear that your long-term partner is sick. In 1999, Celine Dion learned that her husband Rene Angelil suffered from throat cancer. They were told that he would eventually lose his basic living abilities. This meant Celine was going to have to function as his caretaker, which made the relationship challenging. Nonetheless, Celine Dion did everything she could to ensure that he had a good life.
Her Life Is Never Dull
It is an understatement to call her life dramatic. From the moment she was delivered, she had to deal with all kind of challenges. Some of the things from her early life even came back to haunt her every now and then. Although she was lucky enough to make it big in the industry, she had a lot to deal with all while living in the limelight. Among other things, she had marital issues and a bunch of health problems. Still, we doubt anyone suspected it because she always had a smile on her face!
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship
Her relationship with Rene Angelil received opposition from her mother. She said, “When I told her I had some really strong feelings for Rene she tried everything to kill him and make me snap out of it… I was very frustrated and mad at first, but she tried to make me understand that this man tried marriage twice before – he has three children, he’s not responsible, ‘I want the perfect Prince Charming for you’.”
She Almost Died
Celine Dion experienced a near-death incident before she made it big. She was a little girl of 5 years when she was hit by a truck. The child was unconscious for nearly a week. Although her skull got fractured, she had a full recovery.
She Hated My Heart Will Go On
After she first recorded “My Heart Will Go On,” she apparently hated it and thought the song would only bomb on the charts. Celine Dion even thought it would ruin her career. Boy was she wrong about that! She said,“…I didn’t really like the song, at first. I did another song for a movie before. It was very successful, and I thought we were pushing our luck…”
They Called Her A Traitor
When “Beauty and the Beast” came out in 1991, Celine Dion experienced even more support and recognition. In fact, she even earned her very first Grammy for the song. While we cannot deny that this is an amazing feat, it actually caused displeasure among her fans. Her Quebecois supporters got angry at the attention she was getting. As a French-Canadian, the singer opted to turn down the English Artist of the Year Award at the Felix Awards.
Celine Wasn’t Planned
Did you know that Celine Dion is the youngest of 14 children? Yup, she has 13 older siblings! Her parents did not plan on having another one after the birth of her siblings, but it seems like fate had something else in mind for the entire family. It is a little sad to hear that Celine once slept in a cabinet drawer in the early days of her life since there were not enough beds for them all. Of course, this is no longer the case.
Her Husband Put His Foot Down
While she was initially apprehensive about doing “My Heart Will Go On”, her husband convinced her to record the song. During her interview with Jonathan Ross, Celine Dion explained, “[Angélil] said, ‘Let’s just do a demo. Let’s give it a try and we’ll see after.’ The demo is actually the real recording. I never sang the song again.” Aren’t you glad that she decided to give it a shot anyway? The song came out in 1997 and became an instant success. It earned her numerous awards and is still her most popular song.
A Shark When It Comes To Business
Her mother is none other than Therese Tanguay Dion. In Quebec, she is popular for her cooking. Celine appears to have inherited these skills since she opened a restaurant of her own called Nickels in 1990. Based in Quebec, it was such a success that it led Celine to open a chain. Make sure to check it out if you ever find yourself in Canada!
Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies
Celine had quite a rollercoaster ride during the 1990s. In this decade, she was able to work on 13 studio albums and learned about her husband’s illness. When he was diagnosed, she opted to go on hiatus. During this time, a tabloid called National Enquirer published a story that said she was pregnant with a pair of twins. She sued them for $20 million in damages. They eventually issued an apology and donated the money to the American Cancer Society.
Celine has numerous accolades to her name. She was honored with The National Order of Quebec and has her own stars on the Hollywood and Canadian Walks of Fame. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the Quebec educational institution, Laval University. She called it “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.” We think it is very sweet of her to dedicate it to her husband.
She Had No Other Choice
When Celine was two years old, Hugues Aufray, a famous French music artist, released a song appropriately called “Céline.” She was only 5 years old when she performed the same song during one of her brothers’ wedding. It is now generally considered to be her breakthrough. While the Dion family is known for its musical talent, everyone saw that this little girl had even more potential than the others.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
Celine was still so young when the family saw how much talent she had. Her mother Therese and brother Jacques wrote a song in the hopes that it would help her rise in the music industry. To their delight, this strategy worked. She piqued the attention of a producer by the name of Rene Angelil.
Her Mom Had To Interfere
Therese Dion was the one who sent this demo to Rene Angelil. She added a note that said, “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” While he did not reply at first, one of Celine’s brothers contacted him and asked him to listen to it. When Rene finally obliged to the request, he asked the young girl to audition without any hesitation whatsoever.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
Rene was impressed by the voice Celine had on her. When the young girl came by to audition, he gave her a pretend microphone and told her, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” Her performance moved him and Rene was sold!
Younger Than Her Own Stepson
Before he and Celine got romantically involved with each other, Rene Angelil had already been married twice before. He and his first wife had a child between them as well, a son called Patrick Angelil.
Rene Burst Into Tears
The audition had been emotional for both people involved. Celine even said that he had tears in his eyes when she started singing, so she knew that she did a stellar job. Rene signed her right away because he could tell she was going to be famous. Despite this, he was aware that she was a young girl and had to put in the work before she could launch her career.
High Stakes Gambler
Rene was sure that Celine Dion was going to be a legend. He was known for being a gambler, but it’s still pretty out there to get a mortgage on his house to ensure she had enough funding for her first album. Luckily, this risk was worth it. In 1981, she released her first single and became a big star!
The Pope Loved Her
Pope John II came to visit Quebec in 1984. Celine Dion was requested to sing Une Colombe for him at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The performance of the French anthem was a hit, and the Pope loved it. Luckily, Celine also enjoyed doing it!
She Demanded Time To Grow Up
After launching her career with great success, Rene told her it was time to step away for a while. It was another risk since she was still so new to the scene. Nonetheless, she agreed to go on hiatus for a year and a half. According to Celine, this time away gave her the opportunity to grow into a woman.
Learning English And Going Global
What do you know, it was apparently a good idea to do this. When she returned, she felt like a more confident singer, especially when it came to singing in English. Incognito, her comeback album, ended up selling around 500k copies.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
Celine released “Unison”, her first album in the English language, in 1990. It made her even famous than she already was! Not only did it make her a star on an international level, but it also reached gold status in the States. Some of the tracks, like “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”, even made it to the top 10 charts. It seemed to be going well for her when an unexpected thing happened.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
Celine Dion was about to go on tour when she found that she had lost her voice! It turned out that she had laryngitis and was suffering from exhaustion. She still wanted to go on tour, although she was asked to rest. Otherwise, she was only going to make things worse.
Revealing Her Big Secret
There were already rumors going around that she was romantically involved with Rene. However, she only gave a statement about it a little while later. She made an announcement about it after she released “The Colour of My Love”.
Fearing The Public
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil began to see each other when she was 19. He had 26 years on her, and the two of them knew that other people would think it was scandalous. They hit the nail on that. Despite everything others said, they continued to see each other, tied the knot, and started their own family.
She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper
Celine and Rene had been together for more than 5 years when they let the world know about it. In 1994, Rene said that he felt scared about other people’s opinions. Apparently, Celine had been the one to insist that everyone should know about the love they have for each other. She explained, “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world.”
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil tied the knot on December 17th, 1994. The wedding ceremony happened in the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. The so-called Canadian royal couple was so big by then that the event was broadcasted on television! As you can see, they had quite a big following despite everything.
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?
Celine wore this gorgeous wedding dress, a creation by Mirella and Steve Gentile. How amazing is it that they spend more than 1,000 hours working on it? This was largely because the dress came with a 20-foot train. On the big day, Celine wore a 20-pound tiara to match. She looked so gorgeous in her wedding ensemble – people loved it a lot too!
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments
Money was not a problem whatsoever for Rene and Celine. The two of them even purchased a mansion in Florida that came with a water park, a golf course, and three pools. It cost them $72 million.
He Was Her Everything
After the release of Titanic, she had to go on the “Let’s Talk About Love” tour. It was all going fine when she received terrible news on the phone. She learned that her husband had cancer while she was doing a show and performed in his honor. He fought cancer until his death on January 14, 2016. He was 73.
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully
Let us backtrack a little. Rene and Celine met their set of twin boys on October 23rd in 2010. That was the day Celine delivered Eddy and Nelson. They were named after Eddy Marnay and Nelson Mandela, respectively. Eddy Marnary was a Frenchman who produced Celine’s first five albums.
Dreaming Of Changing The World
Celine Dion raised $1 million to help out during the Asian tsunami of 2004. That was not where her generosity ended, however. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she donated another million dollars to the relief efforts. Not only that, but she also talked about the delayed response of the U.S. gov’t.
Her Secret Dad
It is common enough to hear Celine talking about her mother, but how come she does not talk much about her father? Adhemar Dion died in 2001. She explained, “My dad was and is still my number one fan since I was a very little girl. I know that my dad would want me to be here tonight on stage with everyone I love, doing what we love.”
She Prepared her Kids for Death
Considering everything, Celine Dion had to deal with the act of preparing the kids for Rene’s death. After reflecting on the issue, she went on to say, “I’m proud of the way I prepared my boys for their dad’s death. In life, you never know what’s going to happen, so you should never wait for tomorrow to do what can be done today, to say I love you, or send a thank-you note…The future is now.”
Her Son is Too Young
It was not all that common for her first son, Rene Charles Angelil, to make an appearance in public. That must be one of the reasons he caused quite a frenzy among fans when he went on stage at the Billboard Music Awards to give his mom an award. The handsome young man earned quite a following afterward.
She Made it to 90
While Therese Dion, also known as Maman Dion, does not always see eye to eye with Celine, the mother and daughter have a good relationship together. She is still alive and kicking. She recently turned 90!
She NEVER Misses a Beat
We know that some celebrities do not like to be interviewed, but Celine Dion has always been a delightful interviewee. Do you need a specific example? Well, we will have you know that when she was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres, she got a compliment about her jewelry. He response? She went on to sing “She worked hard for the money”. As you can see, she has a fun attitude that everyone adores.
Without a Brother
As you can see, Celine Dion has been lucky in many aspects of her life. There were misfortunes here and there as well. For one, her brother and husband died of cancer in the same week. How terrible is that?
Her Siblings Never Made It Big
Do you remember when we said that Celine came from a huge and musically-gifted family? It should not be a big surprise that one of her siblings tried it too. Claudette tried her luck but did not become as big.
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
Do you like fashion? If you do, perhaps you have already heard that she runs a fashion line of her own. This makes a lot of sense since she has always been very fashionable. Since the launch, she has come out with more than 200 items like accessories and bags. Apparently, she got inspiration from none other than her family members. In interviews, she said her twin kids and mother inspired her.
Celine Dion did not only dabble in fashion, but she has also tried her hand at acting. Did you know that she once made a cameo in All My Children? Check it out to see her acting chops.
A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions
While she has dipped her toes into a bunch of other pursuits, Celine’s one true love is her voice. This is fair since this is what shot her into superstardom in the first place. If she did not have her voice, she would not be able to support her huge family. At the moment, she is believed to be worth $700 million.
A Canadian Star
Are you ready to hear about another cool thing about her? Apparently, this French-Canadian has her very own Hollywood Walk of Fame star. That is cool enough on its own, but wait until you hear that she also has a Canadian Walk of Fame star too.
They Are All Related
This one is going to be a little tough to believe, so we hope you are ready. Isn’t it amazing that Celine Dion, Beyonce, Shania Twain, and Madonna are all related?! They all trace their lineage back to Zacharie Cloutier, their French-Canadian ancestor. He came from France and fled to North America in 1634. He became one of the first settlers in “New France”. Do you think it is possible that he has one amazing singing voice as well? Hmm!
Master Of Many Tongues
If, for some reason, you remain unimpressed by the songstress, wait until you hear this one. We know that she can perform amazingly in both French and English. However, did you know that she has also sung in Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chines, Japanese, German, and Spanish?
A Staggering Net Worth
Do you remember how unfortunate her life had been when she was little? So many things have changed since then. This real-life Cinderella managed to make a fortune courtesy of her record sales, concert sales, real estate investments, fashion line, public appearances, and restaurant chain. With this said, it is so easy to see how she ended up becoming the highest grossing artists of the 2000s. Isn’t it amazing that she earned $465 million alone during her Las Vegas days?
Hit And Miss
As we all know by now, she has been lucky that she has made so many big hits. She has also worked on soundtracks for films in the past. Of course, the most famous example would have to be “My Heart Will Go On”. There are a bunch of other similar projects, like “Dreams to Dream” for “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” but they did not become this successful.
A Lifetime Hobby
Apparently, Celine Dion is just delightfully full of surprises. This songstress is apparently a big fan of golf! She enjoys playing and watching the sport. She considers it to be one of her major life hobbies.
Love Of Golf
Perhaps you need to hear some proof of how passionate she is about golf! We’ll have you know that she took it a step further in 2008. She and Rene took it upon themselves to renovate a Quebecois club called Le Mirage. They did not only give millions to the endeavor, but they also promoted it. On the website, you can find their official public statement. They said that “a visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself.”
And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion
We all know that she has been blessed with a great voice! Luckily, Celine Dion has gotten the recognition she deserves. Did you know that she now holds the record for the highest number of performances at the Academy Awards?
Part of the reason she sings so much at these events would be the fact that she has worked on a number of original film soundtracks in the past. Regardless, she has sung at the Academy Awards awarding ceremony more than any other singer has. She sang her 6th performance back in 2011. She performed “Smile” to pay tribute to the celebrities who have passed away in the previous year.
Celine Dion has made a name for herself with her avant-garde fashion sense in the past. In 1999, she decided to wear a backward tux in white to the Academy Awards ceremony. What exactly happened?
Backwards White Tux
When she decided to wear this to the red carpet, people criticized her for it. A number of people thought it was nothing but a “fashion disaster”. When she got to talk to PEOPLE magazine, Celine Dion said that she has no regrets whatsoever. We have always loved this look! Isn’t it great that she will wear whatever she wants no matter what anyone says?
White Backwards Tux
Celine said, “When I wore that look, yes it was at the Oscars, and when I wore that, everyone was wearing dresses, not pants.” That was not all. She added, “I was the only one with pants in a backward suit from Galliano and if I would do this today it would work. It was avant-garde at the time. And it doesn’t matter, you just have to assume what you wear, you wear, and I did.”
It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
Anyway, should we talk a little more about her music? This one might just blow your socks off. Do you know her song, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”? Apparently, this song was supposed to be recorded by… wait for it… Meat Loaf! It is crazy, we know. The song’s composer eventually reached the conclusion that it should be done by a female artist.
Clinging On To Her Children
It is not all that surprising to hear that she has been struggling with the death of her husband. However, she has been open about it. In a candid interview, Celine Dion explained, “I miss him a lot for my partner, for the man I was embracing, kissing, making love with. I organize myself to not feel lonely. So what’s happened is I got myself a huge bed and I sleep with my twins. My twins are comforting me a lot. I need them. I need them close.”
She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything
One of the reasons she has become so popular? The fact that her vocal range is amazing. We doubt that there is any song that she cannot give justice to. Well known for diverse music, it is only natural that she is perfectly capable of covering other people’s songs without a hitch. We really like her renditions of “I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper, “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen, and “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon.
Not only did Celine Dion cover some amazing hits by the greats, but she has also performed duets with other talented people in the music industry! “A great collaborator”, she has worked with people like Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, and Aretha Franklin in the past.
The Record Industry Association of America started to award “diamond status” to albums with over 10 million sales in 1999. This is not at all easy to do, but Celine Dion managed to accomplish this feat! In fact, she has two albums with this status under her belt. They are none other than “Falling Into You” and “Let’s Talk About Love”, which had been released in 1996 and 1997, respectively.
A Best Selling Female Artist
In 1991, the Nielson Soundscan System started to be used by record executives to keep an eye on album sales. Their data have revealed that Celine Dion is one of the top-selling female artists in the North American continent. In fact, Rihanna and Mariah Carey are the only ones to have outdone her.
This songstress had a Roman Catholic upbringing. In 2014, she talked about religion by saying, “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in.” She then said, “I say that to believe in yourself is to believe in God. For me, God is life itself, the birds, the air, the sunrise and the sunset, the children. Yes, that is where I find God. Not in a church.” Isn’t that a lovely thing to say?
Reaching For Gold
It is impressive that she has broken various records on an international level. She achieved international fame and even become popular in a difficult market. In France, foreign artists always had a tough time breaking into the mainstream, but her hit single “Of Love or of Friendship” or “D’amour ou d’amitié” went gold there!
Upgrading Her Image
When she kept getting even more famous, she became a woman. Her style and looks have changed too. She did things to improve how she looked. She did not like her teeth, which might have something to do with the “Canine Dion” moniker she had. In the ‘80s, she underwent dental procedures to sort it out.
Mid Career Misses
In the past slides, we said that she went on a three-year break from her career. When it was over, she released a new album, “A New Day Has Come”. Released in 2002, it talked about becoming a mom.
Accessible To All
Even though she has reached such incredible heights in her career, she continues to be a humble and grounded person. When her husband died of cancer, she put her grief aside to meet all the fans who wanted to personally extend her their condolences. How selfless is that of her? Aside from doing this, she also let his eight-hour funeral go on TV. She likes to be open with fans, that much is clear to us.
She Won By A Single Point
Celine Dion took home the prize in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. She ended up being the Swiss candidate even though she is not formally connected to the country. She won over the UK by just a vote.
Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan
Celine Dion has been a big fan of the King of Pop even when she was a young girl. She even told Rene that she wanted to emulate the King of Pop’s achievements. He inspired her from the start. Did it have anything to do with her winning numerous awards and releasing multiple albums before turning 18?
A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar
The Dion family once had their very own piano bar, which was called Le Vieux Baril. The family often went there to play music! When she was a girl of five, Celine Dion already sang there on the regular.
“A New Day Has Come” Received Harsh Criticism
Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” album discussed her experience with motherhood. It was the first album of hers to debut at the number one spot of the Billboard 200. Unfortunately, it was not well-received by critics, who said the lyrics were “lifeless” and “forgettable”.
Gold In France
You probably remember when we told you that not everyone can go gold, especially not in France. She managed to do this but isn’t it all the more amazing when you know that she was just a teen then?
The ‘80s served as the breakthrough decade for Celine Dion. In 1982, she won the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival. Meanwhile, she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988. She represented Switzerland in both of these competitions.
When her career was at its peak in 1999, Celine Dion opted to go on a hiatus to be there for her husband. Rene just learned he had cancer at the time. Upon her return in 2002, she signed onto a deal to perform at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace on a nightly basis.
Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time
We doubt that you will be surprised that her five-star shows at Caesar’s Palace ended up becoming the most successful residency in all of history. The shows made $385 million dollars overall! Isn’t that neat?
Another Residency Show!
Thanks to the incredible success of the first show, Celine Dion ended up coming back in 2011 for a second residency show. She signed a deal that indicated the songstress will perform there until 2019.
Highest Paid Resident Performer
Celine Dion is actually the top paid resident performer at the moment. Isn’t it incredible that she makes $500,000 for each show? This is higher than the pay Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and Elton John make!
Celine Dion had her life featured in a project released by OWN Network, Oprah Winfrey’s network. The 2011 documentary showed everyone all the ups and downs in her life. It is the second highest rated program on the TV OWN Canada network to this day!
Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her
In a recent survey conducted by FlightNetwork.com, 780 persons had been asked which celebrity they would choose to sit beside to on a flight. Of course, Celine Dion ended up victorious with 23.7% of the votes that came in. If they asked us, we’d have said the same thing.
Celine Dion has made a name for herself as a businesswoman as well. She has entered numerous fields and industries, but her perfume line is one of the most lucrative of them all. She recently released a new perfume. “Signature” is the 14th entry in her Celine Dion Parfums Collection.
She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists
Which artists have served as an inspiration to Celine Dion? They are none other than Carole King, Charles Aznavour, Anne Murray, Barba Streisand, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and the Bee Gees! Well, she certainly has good taste.
She Has A Great Sense Of Humor
Celine Dion is one of the most popular performers of all time. It comes no surprise to hear that she has been parodied for her notable accent and distinctive stage antics on Saturday Night Live, South Park, MADtv, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Royal Canadian Air Farce. The songstress does not mind these and takes all of the comments with a sense of humor. She even said she felt flattered that they even take it upon themselves to do it. In fact, she once asked Ana Gasteyer to join her on stage when she was performing in New York.
Celine Dion does not talk about politics often, if at all. This is the reason it is easy to see how much the Hurricane Katrina disaster affected her. She went on Larry King Live and talked about her frustrations with the response shown by the US government. Tearfully, she said, “There are people still there waiting to be rescued. To me that is not acceptable … How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to kill everybody in a second and destroy lives. We need to serve our country.”
She Is Greatly Admired By Other Artists
What do Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, and Adele all have in common? Apparently, Celine Dion has a big music influence on all of these talented performers! How cool is that?!
Timbaland Loves Her Too
Another high-profile Celine Dion fan is the rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer DJ Timbaland. He explained, “Celine has such a beautiful, mesmerizing voice. She is so talented. I think we could create something that is a classic like she is already.”
Celine Changed Vegas
The editor-in-chief and president of Pollstar, Gary Bongiovanni, previously said that performances in Las Vegas changed after Celine Dion started to perform there. The vice-president of entertainment at Caesar’s Palace felt the same way and explained, “Celine was a pioneer without question … Twenty years ago, we couldn’t have got someone the stature of Britney Spears to appear in Vegas. Stars like her would never have considered it if Celine hadn’t paved the way. She changed the face of modern Vegas.”
Song Of The Century
“My Heart Will Go On” is one of the Songs of the Century, according to The National Endowment for the Arts and The Recording Industry Association of America. We are not at all surprised to hear this.
Celine Dion went on to become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations in the year 2010. That sounds amazing, so props to her! This position is for a program incepted by the international organization in 1999.
Canada Honored Her Too
Canada honored Celine Dion in a generous way too. In 2013, the songstress received the Companion of the Order of Canada. What’s great about this is that it is the highest award the Order of Canada can give.
She’s A Big Philanthropist
We bet that they decided to make her a UN Goodwill Ambassador after looking at the philanthropy and charity works she has done in the past. She has previously worked with organizations such as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It seems like she is primarily involved with charities that help children in need. For World Children’s Day, she helped McDonald’s raise money!
An Emotional Announcement
At this point, it has been a number of years since Rene Angelil died of cancer and Celine Dion lost her life partner. They had 22 years of marriage between them at the time of his death. She recently opened up about her love life after the grapevine started saying she was seeing someone else now. Here was what she had to say during an interview: “Bizarre. Now it is definitely too soon for me. I am definitely in love with him, married to him…He’s the love of my life. It’s very difficult for me to see myself with another person.”