CELINE DION has been hiding a devastating medical nightmare – her beloved husband, Rene Angelil, recently suffered a second bout of cancer.
The ENQUIRER learned that just before Christmas, the 72-year-old secretly underwent surgery to have a cancerous tumor removed from his throat.
Celine, 45, spoke to The ENQUIRE R through her rep, and she is working to keep Rene, her manager, free from the stress of running her career.
“I don’t want Rene to stress out with work-related issues. I want him to focus on getting back to 100 percent,” said the singer.
“At home we’ve been spending a lot of quality time with the family. We feel very fortunate that we’ve been able to get the best care possible and we thank God every day for helping us to get through this ordeal.”
In 1999, The ENQUIRER reported that Rene, then 57, had undergone an operation to remove a “squamous cell carcinoma” from the right side of his neck.
After the latest diagnosis, the 45-year-old singer “was heartbroken” and terrified.
The couple have three sons together – Rene-Charles, 13, and 3-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.
“It came at the worst time for Celine, right before Christmas,” said the source. “She had to put on a brave face for the sake of their kids.”
Another insider told The ENQUIRER that there’s a silver lining to the tragedy – the frightening medical crisis has brought them closer together.
“As bad as this latest cancer crisis has been, they are closer than ever,” the source added. “Their priority now is making sure that Rene gets healthy so he can be around to see their kids grow up.”