After 30 years, Celine Dion’s husband Rene Angelil has decided to step down as her manager.
“It is with great pleasure and with the utmost confidence that Rene Angelil announces today that his long-time close friend, Aldo Giampaolo, has been appointed as chief executive officer of Feeling Productions Inc., the company which manages Celine Dion’s career,” a statement read.
Angelil will be passing the torch on to Aldo Giampaolo, the current president and CEO of Quebecor’s QMI Entertainment & Sports. “Celine and Rene have decided that the time has come to bring this appointment to fruition, one that Rene had proposed to Aldo several years ago,” the statement added.
Aldo has been a family friend for nearly 25 years, and was happy to be named Rene’s successor. “I am extremely touched and honored to be offered this new challenge, and I see it as a continuation of the close working relationship that Rene and I have enjoyed for the past 25 years,” Aldo said.
Celine and Rene first met in 1980 when Celine was only 12-years-old, after her mother sent Rene a demo tape of her singing. By 1987, Celine, now 19-years-old, had stolen the heart of her 45-year-old manager. The couple got engaged four years later and on December 17, 1994 they were married at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec.
In 1999, Celine took a brief break from her career to care for Rene after he was diagnosed with throat cancer. In March, PEOPLE reported that Rene had to have surgery to remove another tumor from his throat. Celine was adamant about Rene taking it easy and coming back at 100 percent. “I don’t want René to stress out with work-related issues,” Dion said at the time. “I want him to focus on getting back to 100%. I’ve been doing my shows at the Colosseum and everything’s under control.”
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