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Céline Dion mourns 'love of my life' René Angélil, but says she's 'at peace'

Céline Dion lost her husband of 21 years four months ago, and while she hasn't gotten over it, she says she feels "at peace."

René Angélil, who had met Dion when she was just 12, died of throat cancer at age 73 in January. Dion's brother Daniel also died of cancer, just two days later. But as she tells People magazine, she's working on processing her grief to set an example for her three children.

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Céline Dion and René Angélil in 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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"I really, really want to prove to my kids their mother is strong," she said. And she already has in many ways, returning to her Las Vegas residency in February and preparing to take the stage at Billboard's Music Awards on Sunday.

She'll be singing Queen's "The Show Must Go On," and notes in the interview that the song has special resonance. "Rene always insisted the show must go on," she says. "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 from when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace."

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Celine Dion speaking about the death of her husband during her return to Las Vegas in February.

Dion also told the magazine that she used Disney's "Up" to comfort her children after their father's death, explaining that "Papa" had "gone up," floating away on balloons like the movie's main character.

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Céline Dion, René Angélil, fought cancer for years before his death at 73

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Céline Dion, René Angélil, fought cancer for years before his death at 73

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Angélil wasn't just Dion's husband but also her mentor and manager, and she put her career on pause more than once to help after he was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999.

"It's been a long, long journey," she said. "We were living in hope, knowing there's no hope."

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