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Though it’s been nine months since Céline Dion’s husband, René Angélil, passed away, his death still weighs heavily on the singer’s heart.

While speaking to Katie Couric for Yahoo! Global News, Dion recently opened up about her late husband and the potential to find love again. Admitting that it’s still “way to soon” to think about dating somebody else, the 48-year-old said she believes Angélil was the love of the life and the only person for her.

“He’s the only man that I kissed in my life. The only man that I dated. He’s the only man of my life. Period,” a teary-eyed Dion shared. “I’m far from being even close about thinking about it.”

When asked if she believes she’ll love someone the way she loved Angélil, she simply replied, “Today if I have to say—to really answer the question, I would say no.”

Dion, who has three children with the late music producer, credited the movie Up to helping her family deal with loss of Angélil, who died in January after a decade-long battle with cancer.

“I said, ‘Kids, I have to talk to you.’ So I went in their playroom. I talked to them about the movie,” she remembered. “Up saved my life. I said, ‘What is the movie that Ellie died in?’ And they said, ‘Ellie died in the movie Up, mom.’ I said, ‘That’s it. Ellie,’ I said. ‘Well, I want you to know listen to me.’ I said, ‘Papa is now with Ellie. He went up.’”

According to the Canadian songstress, Angélil was also responsible for her musical legacy as the man who convinced her to record her Oscar-winning song, “My Heart Will Go On”. In fact, Dion didn’t even prepare when she laid down the vocals for the track, saying that you can still here some of the raspiness from the demo that made it to the final version.

“I’m so glad that René did not listen to me because I did not want to record it. And he said, ‘Listen. We’re gonna do a demo.’ So that day, I did not warm up my voice. I just took a black coffee with sugar,” she recalled. “And when I started to sing the song, it was just a demo for us. And you can hear that I took coffee. Because when I sing ‘Near, far,’ it’s a little bit… it’s caffeine. It’s like…it’s a little bit too much coffee, a little bit.”

She continues, “But I did a demo. And I never re-sang the song. They took that version, and they built an orchestra around it.”

Dion first met Angélil in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38. In 1987, they began a relationship and eventually got engaged in 1991. They married in December 1994.

2016 Billboard Music Awards: Celiné Dion

Celine Dion at the Public Funeral for René Angélil in Old Montreal


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