Dion consulted portrait of husband for project

"But to be surrounded by the right people helps a lot because, if you know you will die, make the best of it". We have a little ritual where we say goodnight to him with a little picture.

And it would seem that Rene, who managed her career, really is still there for her. When she was approached to record a song for the Beauty and the Beast remake, she consulted a painting of him that she received from a fan.

However, she looks back with sadness at the years he battled his illness.

'Sia wrote me three songs, ' the 49-year-old explained. "You are my career, you are my life".

"That's what a wife does, that's what a mother does, that's what a performer does". We talked a lot and I took notes every day. "And I respected that". And before you say anything, yes, I know he's dead.

The Because You Loved Me chart topper had three children with her late spouse, Rene-Charles, 16, and six-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson.

She added, "And when it's time for them to say they want their room, their room's ready. I'm going to use it".

In her first United Kingdom interview in seven years, Celine Dion spoke to Bizarre's Dan Wootton about her upcoming European tour, and about the love of her life, late husband René Angélil.

"Now it is definitely too soon for me". I am definitely in love with him (Rene), married to him. He's the love of my life. "It's very hard for me to see myself with another person".

'My 16-year-old loves music and when I make him listen to a demo he'll say 'this is a great song but if you can not sing it this way Mum you shouldn't do this - or this producer should produce that song. And as a woman, we do have emotions and feelings that come and go.

'I miss him a lot. I miss him as a partner, like the man I chose, embraced, like the man with whom I made love ... (Oh, one thing I did understand during the show was her admission that Angélil was the only man she'd ever "known", presumably in the biblical sense.) In that same interview, Dion said she "will probably grieve for the rest of my life".

Meanwhile, she said, the boys draw comfort from her strength.

  • Salvatore Jensen