Brother-in-law for life

A mother’s love can take many different forms. For Christine Beaulieu, her daughter’s ex-husband continued to bond long after her split from his father – and they turned out to be mutual. They first sat down to discuss this special bond that unites them.

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Laila Maalouf

Laila Maalouf

One of his earliest memories of Kristen dates back to when she was seven years old. Emile Dubois accompanied his father on a trip to Italy, where the actress was on tour to attend a theater show. “I remember it was an event to go and join her. I imagine my father as much as I do,” says the young man.

Today, Emil is 24 years old. The age that Christine Beaulieu was when she met Emile’s father and became the stepmother of this child she immediately adopted.

“With Emile, it was never complicated. She remembers fondly. She gave him his bath, told him stories in the evening, and welcomed him into her family, where he still remembers those lovely festive seasons.”

“I was happy to have a son-in-law, and he was so happy that we were together,” she confirms, as he recalls this period in his life when his stepmother, 7 to 15, was a “pivotal” moment in her life.

Unbreakable bond

Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

Christine Beaulieu and Emile Dubois

Although Christine Beaulieu and Emile’s father separated when he was a teenager, their bond has not gone away. She expresses her belief that the most difficult thing for her in this separation is to think that she will never again see this boy whom she gave so much love.

The relationship that ended was between my parents and Kristen. But that doesn’t mean the relationship between me and Kristen necessarily ends. The good thing is that I never felt like my dad wanted this relationship between me and Kristen to end either.

Emile Dubois

“The breakup happened when I was a teenager, so there was a time when our paths split. But I always knew we’d make connections from time to time; it didn’t feel like it was a final separation,” confirms Emile.

For her part, Kristen did not really know how to maintain her relationship with Emile, while respecting the new life of her ex-husband.

And then there was this summer in Carlton, in Gaspé, which is undoubtedly, for both of them, the moment I assured them they could continue to maintain a bond “beyond the formal relationship with her mother-in-law, husband-in-law.” The actress was performing in a play and staying in a chalet on the site with her new lover. Emil had made a girlfriend he wanted to join at Carlton. “I don’t know how things went in his head, but anyway, we ended up with us for two or three weeks,” she says with a laugh.

But for him, the logic was pretty simple, basically. Christine at Gaspésie, it was as if someone from her family was there.

“I was so happy that he was there, to live these important moments with him. We had fun! And for me, it wasn’t strange at all to have Emile under my roof. It was totally normal, I was continuing the relationship I had with him. And that’s when I told myself it was possible to carry on. In the relationship with this child.”

Return of the pendulum

Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

Although Christine Beaulieu and Emile’s father separated when he was a teenager, their bond has not gone away.

Since then, there have been other moments that bring tears to her eyes when she thinks about it. Like the time, three years ago, when he came to bring her flowers with her friend on her birthday. “There, I really cried, says Christine Beaulieu. I was so moved to see him. It’s beautiful, how things go back in time, like the swing of a pendulum. All that love, all the energy and time I gave him when he was little… He couldn’t understand, It’s normal, he couldn’t realize everything we had together.”

“For me, these are unforgettable memories. It’s beautiful for me to see Emile grow up because I saw him so young, with his little strengths and weaknesses as a boy. He gained a lot of confidence growing up, and I’m really impressed. He has a girlfriend, and he’s doing really well. very much in his studies. I feel very proud of Emile and say to myself: If I am able to give him the love he needs while I am there, so much the better. The closeness we had is still not insignificant.”

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