Celine Dion Reveals How Her Mother Really Felt About Her Marrying a Much Older Man

Celine Dion and Sugar Daddy René Angélil Family MotherCeline Dion was only 19 years old when she first started dat­ing her man­ager, René Angélil, who was 45 at the time. The celebrity cou­ple brought a lot of atten­tion to May-December rela­tion­ships when they walked down the aisle in 1994. Although Dion and Angélil didn’t care about the 26-year age dif­fer­ence between them, the now 45-year-old singer recently revealed that not every­one in her fam­ily approved of her being with an older man—in fact, Dion’s mother was very much against it at first.

Look­ing back on her May-December rela­tion­ship with Angélil now, Dion recalls how dif­fi­cult it was for her mother to accept their age dif­fer­ence. “When I told her I had some really strong feel­ings for René she tried every­thing to kill him and make me snap out of it,” Dion said. “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.” Dion admit­ted that it was until the rest of her fam­ily fell in love with her older man too that her mother had no choice but to accept their May-December relationship.

The celebrity cou­ple has been mar­ried for almost 19 years now and even has three kids of their own. So now that Dion is a mother her­self, how would she feel about one of her kids being in a May-December rela­tion­ship? It turns out that she doesn’t blame her mother at all for being skep­ti­cal because she would prob­a­bly have the same reac­tion if one of her sons brought home an older, divorced woman with kids. “When I had my first son, [René-Charles], if I think of him and he comes [to me] with this lady who has kids and she’s 45 and she thinks she knows best, [I’d be] like, ‘Take your hand off of my son.’”

What do you think: How would you feel if your daugh­ter told you that she was falling in love with a much older man?


Mac­Neil, J., “Celine Dion: Mother Opposed Mar­riage To Rene Angelil, 26 Years Her Senior,” Huff­in­g­ton Post Canada web site, Sep­tem­ber 12, 2013; http://goo.gl/Oubr7H.

Photo Credit: Fea­ture­flash / Shutterstock.com

  • Brenda Dixon

    I would be over­joyed, delighted full of bliss and feel that the Lord him­self came back for the sec­ond time to make this happen!

  • yeah

    Loved Celine Dion! With­out Rene I prob­a­bly won’t know her. She is one excel­lent singer.