The One Thing That Almost Destroyed Celine Dion’s Marriage to an Older Man

Celine Dion Marriage to an Older ManCana­dian singer Celine Dion got a lot of heat when she mar­ried René Angélil in 1994—not only had he been her man­ager since she was 12 years old, but he was also 26 years older than she was. Despite their age dif­fer­ence, the celebrity cou­ple always came across as being per­fectly happy together, even after strug­gling to con­ceive chil­dren naturally.

How­ever, Dion recently revealed that her mar­riage to an older man hasn’t always been easy. The pres­sure of being mar­ried to one another while also work­ing so closely together on shows, tours, and trav­el­ing put a seri­ous strain on the rela­tion­ship. Accord­ing to Dion, the prob­lem was com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and it wasn’t until she turned to a close friend a few years ago that she and Angélil were able to power through their mar­riage prob­lems. “I was old school and kept it hid­den. For­get about it, and it will go away,” said Dion. “I talked about it with my best girl­friend, and she taught me it never goes away. It sits there and gets worse. She taught me how to say things the right way.”

Dion recalls that she tried to learn how to bet­ter relate to her hus­band, which might seem dif­fi­cult when there is such a stark age dif­fer­ence. But the singer found that after sim­ply open­ing up to each other and talk­ing more, their mar­riage became infi­nitely health­ier. She offers some valu­able advice for other strug­gling cou­ples, based on her expe­ri­ence: “We laugh. We joke. We kid each other. We want our mar­riage to last for­ever. Talk over every­thing and you’ll find you are still on the hon­ey­moon. It’s the secret.”

What do you think: Do you agree with Celine Dion’s advice about com­mu­ni­ca­tion being the secret to a happy mar­riage, even when it’s a May-December relationship?


John­son, Z., “Celine Dion Talks ‘Tough Times’ With Rene Angelil: ‘It’s Never Easy,’” Us Weekly web site, July 23, 2013;, last accessed July 25, 2013.

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