"The Power of Love" lives on with Céline Dion and René Angélil. Despite Angélil's passing in 2016 at the age of 73, Monday marks what would have been the pair's 24th wedding anniversary. In honor of the occasion, Brides took a look back on their love story.
The couple met in 1980, when Dion was a 12-year-old singer with a dream. At the time, Angélil was a struggling record producer—until his future wife's demo fatefully came across his desk. A year later, he mortgaged his house to fund the creation of her debut album, La Voix du Bon Dieu.
"At 17, 18-years-old, my feelings started to change for him. I kind of saw him differently," Dion said, explaining the beginning of their romance to Access Hollywood. She dedicated her album The Colour of My Love to Angélil, and then at 24, the "Because You Loved Me" singer married her sweetheart in a lavish, broadcasted ceremony. (Seriously, who could ever forget that epic bridal headpiece?)
Dion and Angélil had three children together—René-Charles, 14, and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy—and an epic tandem career, taking over Vegas with Dion's impressive pipes and her husband's expert management. However, in 1999, Angélil was diagnosed with cancer, that later returned in 2014. "My biggest job is to tell my husband, we're fine. I'll take care of our kids. You'll watch us from another spot," Dion previously told USA Today of her husband's health.
Two years later, Angélil's lost his battle with throat cancer. But leading up to her husband's death, Dion spoke openly about being his support system. "I have to show myself, my husband and my kids that I'm strong and we're okay," the Grammy Award-winning singer told People in March 2015. "René says to me, 'I want to die in your arms.' Okay, fine, I'll be there, you'll die in my arms."
As the song says, Dion's heart will go on—as will the pair's decades-spanning love story.