Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil have given an exclusive interview to HELLO! magazine in which they speak for the first time about their twins sons, who were born last week.
“They’re so cute, it’s incredible,” said Celine. “When we look at them we can’t believe it, and to have them here at home – it’s all we could wish for.”
The boys, who were born when Celine was 35 weeks pregnant, were in a neonatal intensive unit for several days, but they have all since returned to their home in Florida.
“They’re feeding every two hours now,” said Celine. “It’s going well. I don’t get a lot of sleep, yes, for sure I’m tired, but that’s what I want.”
Celine, 42, also spoke about the heartbreak of having originally being pregnant with triplets.
“For a week we thought we had triplets, but sadly on the next visit to the doctors we only heard two heartbeats,” she revealed.
“That little baby decided to leave the space for the two others and to say goodbye to us. It happened very early during the pregnancy. But still, it shocks you.”
Before this pregnancy, Celine and Rene had spent years trying for a sibling for their nine-year-old son Rene-Charles. Celine endured six rounds of IVF and suffered a miscarriage.
Rene says that the twins arrival was understandably emotional. “We were crying, he said. “Even though we didn’t speak to each other, we were both thinking about the time it took [to conceive them].”
The couple also spoke about the names they have chosen for their sons, Eddy and Nelson. “The idea is to have our sons be inspired by somebody that has the same name,” said Rene, 68, who also has three grown-up children from two previous marriages.
“We met with Nelson Mandela and spent some time with him at his house when we started Celine’s world tour,” he said. “Eddy is an homage to Eddy Marnay,” he said, referring to the French songwriter who wrote Celine’s first five albums, and had also written for Edith Piaf and Nana Mouskouri.
“He was like a father to me,” said Celine. “He passed away six years ago. He was such a gentle man, everybody loved him.”
SEE THE FULL EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE IN HELLO! MAGAZINE, ISSUE 1148, OUT NOW.