Celine Dion’s remembrance ritual
Celine Dion’s children kiss a door handle every morning to wish their late father a good day.
The 48-year-old singer has five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, and 15-year-old son René-Charles, with René Angélil, who died of throat cancer in January aged 73, and the youngsters pay their respects to their dad on a daily basis.
She said: "Sometimes we send up some balloons with messages for Papa and – this was Eddy’s idea – every morning we kiss the door handle and say, ‘Good day Papa.’ "
Celine revealed her twins also wish their late father goodnight and kiss a photo of him every evening before bed time.
She said: "By the bed there is a photo of their pap after his first cancer. It carries this inscription, ‘Everything will be OK.’ The twins kiss it. I finish by saying, ‘Goodnight my love.’
"The little ones say together, ‘Goodnight Papa, I love you my darling.’ "
Celine likes to watch TV in her huge bed with her youngest sons to make them feel relaxed before bed time and before they go to sleep the siblings spend time being thankful for everything that has happened to them that day.
The ‘Think Twice’ singer added to Paris Match magazine: "I put a series of happy bedtime rituals in place to make bedtime a happy time for the kids.
"First, I make sure René-Charles is OK, then the twins come into my room, where the bed is enormous, disproportionate even.
"They sleep with me. We watch a bit of Disney on the TV then I turn off the light. I’ve had two little lamps installed that project stars onto the ceiling.
"Nelson, Eddy and I, we count them. Then comes the series of goodnights to all the people they love – René their papa, Grandma, René-Charles … they might also thank the chef for their biscuits, the pool they dived into and the sun that warmed them."