Celine Dion: Pink Wrote Me a Song After Rene Angelil’s Death

Celine Dion and Pink
Celine Dion (left) and Pink Rodrigo Varela/WireImage; Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

Helping her heart go on. Céline Dion revealed that Pink penned a song for her in memory of her late husband, René Angélil, who passed away at age 73 in January after a long battle with throat cancer.

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“I’m already starting to work on an English album,” the French-Canadian superstar, 48, told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday, July 6. “Pink wrote me a song.”

Although Dion is keeping most details of the collaboration under wraps, she divulged that the Pink-penned track will be called “Recovering,” and teased fans to “get ready.”

“She is phenomenal. I love her for her talent, for her strength, for her focus, the person she is,” Dion said of the 36-year-old “Raise Your Glass” singer. “At the [Billboard Music Awards] when I saw her, I said ‘For you to take the time to really write a song, to give me a tool, a piece of luggage to help me to move forward to walk to keep going…”

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Dion was presented with the Icon Award for lifetime achievement by her 15-year-old son René-Charles at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in May, and performed an emotional cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”

The “My Heart Will Go On” songstress opened up about how the support from her devoted fans has helped her get through this difficult time. “They are so considerate for my happiness and my sadness, my good and bad moments, and they are [always] supporting me,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “The fans are supporting not only my music, but who I am. I’ve been criticized for being an open book for so long, but it’s paying off today because they know me well.”

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Rene Angelil and Celine Dion
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion during the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Keeping with her late husband’s wishes, Dion returned to the stage for her residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace about six weeks after his death. She is currently touring Europe to promote her upcoming French-language album, which will be released in the fall.

Dion and Angélil were married for 21 years before he passed away on January 14. They first met when the five-time Grammy winner was just 12 years old, and he became her music manager in 1980. The couple married in 1994 and also share 5-year-old twin sons Nelson and Eddy. 

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