The “My Heart Will Go On” singer, 48, talked to CBS’s Mo Rocca in an interview after her 1,000th performance on Saturday night in Las Vegas about the love of her life. On Jan. 14, Angélil died at the age of 73 after a long battle with throat cancer.
“Before he left, it was very, very difficult for all of us,” Dion said. “For me especially, and my children, to see the man of my life die a little bit more every day. And when he left, it was kind of a relief for me that the man that I love, the only man that I kissed, the only man that I loved.”
Dion confirmed that she has never kissed another man, as she continued her statement about how she has found peace in the wake of her husband’s tragic death.
“Yeah. I never kissed another man in my life,” she said. “So the man of my life was my partner, and we were one. So when he stopped suffering I said to myself, he’s okay. And he deserves not to suffer.”
When Rocca asked if she hoped to fall in love again, Dion said “not now.”
“I love. I love. I love him,” she said. “I’m still in love with him. And I have the love of my children. I have the love of my fans. I love the people that I work with. So my life is not empty of love. But there’s a song from Sia, ‘I go to sleep and imagine that you’re there with me.’ And I go to bed with him. And I come on stage with him. And so I’m still married to him.”
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion during The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's 10th Annual "Grand Slam for Children" Fundraiser - Backstage and Audience at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Earlier in the interview, Dion shared the memory of her first meeting with Angélil when she was 12 years old.
“I thought he was very beautiful,” she said. “He looked great. I felt confident that this man was not treating me as a, ‘Oh, hi, little pumpkin.’ Or, ‘Hi, little sweetie,’ or like a little baby.”
At first, the couple had a strictly professional relationship. But eventually, they started dating and were married in 1994. They share two children, 15-year-old René-Charlesand 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.