Céline Dion is getting candid about the recent death of her husband, René Angélil.
In a new interview, the 48-year-old singer opened up about the heartbreak she’s felt since losing the love of her life to throat cancer this past January — and admitted she’s staying positive for the couple’s three kids.
Céline with her twin sons in October 2015.
“I really, really want to prove to my kids their mother is strong,” she told People, referring to sons René-Charles, 15, and twins Nelson and Eddy, both 5.
Céline has turned to work to get her mind off things following her difficult loss. She will be honored with the Icon Award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 22, where she will bravely perform a rendition of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”
Céline and René in 2007.
“René always insisted the show must go on,” Céline said. “You know what, I’m 48-years-old and I lost the love of my life. I miss him a lot from when he was great but not when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace.”
“He left me with all of his strength. Every day we live with him, just not physically,” she continued. “I’m thankful that he does not suffer anymore.”