He was and still is the love of her life, and even after his death, she continues to see him through her children.
For her entire life, Celine Dion has loved only one man and continues to love him even after he's no longer with her. She spent more than 20 years married to him and said, "I think I will probably grieve for the rest of my life."
The grammy-award winning singer married her husband, Rene Angélil on December 17, 1994, as reported by The Sun. And she spent the following two wonderful decades with him, standing by his side through his battle against throat cancer. On January 14 2016, Dion was bereaved of her husband while her children lost their dear father.
In the events that led up to his death, he saw the pain that he went through and found peace in knowing that he was no longer in pain. "...I wanted him to leave in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries," Dion told Australian TV show The Project, as quoted by US Weekly. "He had a little heart attack, it’s so quick, he didn’t even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain."
She is glad she had the chance to get "married to the greatest man in this world, knowing that now he's in peace and he's resting and always within me. And I see him every day through the eyes of my children," she told Good Morning America.
After being with him and loving him for most of her life, the singer can't imagine herself falling in love with anyone else. She admitted, "He’s the only man I’ve seen. The only man I’ve loved. And I’ve never kissed another man in my life."
The grief remained with her for years but time hasn't changed the love she still feels for Angélil. "He’s the love of my life. It’s very difficult for me to see myself with another person," the singer said after his death. "The love that I have for him, I live it every day. And as a woman, we do have emotions and feelings that come and go. And it’s always with him. When I sing, it’s with him. When I hug my kids, it’s for him and it’s with him. I took time to grieve and I’m still grieving."
When she spoke to Andy Cohen about her love life, according to the Daily Mail, she said, "I don't date. I don't have a boyfriend. It doesn't mean that I won't find someone in my life. If I do, that would be great, if I don't that would be great, because I'm still in love. Once you're in love so much, you know… I've been living all my life with René, he's still within me. I see him through the eyes of my children every day. I'm so passionate about life and I'm so lucky to have my three beautiful sons, but I keep everything open."
While she remains welcoming to the possibility of love in her life, she still feels the same love she always had for her late husband. Having known the searing pain of grief, her advice for people going through loss is, "You cannot stop living. Go forward. And today's the first day of the beginning of my life, because I know that, I don't have to worry."