Celine Dion says she is 'at peace' after losing her husband and brother to cancer


Celine Dion says she feels "at peace" after the devastating loss of her husband and her brother just days apart.

The Canadian singer has given her first interviews since her husband Rene Angelil and brother Daniel both died from cancer in January.

Celine, who was married to Rene for 21 years, told People magazine: "You know what, I'm 48 years old and I lost the love of my life.

Celine Dion and Rene Angelil
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil (Ian West/PA)

"I miss him a lot from when he was great but not when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace."

Celine said her three children, Rene-Charles, 15, and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, were not present for their father's final moments.

She told People: "I got on my knees and I kissed him. It was the coldest thing I've ever experienced in my life, but it was amazing. I said, 'Promise me not to worry. I'm fine, the kids are great, we're gonna be okay. It's enough suffering. Just go in peace.'"

In another interview with ABC News, Celine said she referred to the Pixar film Up to help break the news to the children about their father's death.

"I said today papa went up," she said. "I saw him suffer and that is the worst. Today for me, it's like I don't live with him physically but I live with him inside of me."

Celine's brother Daniel died aged 59 on what would have been her husband's 74th birthday.

She told ABC News: "I said to myself, for his birthday, my husband came and got my brother because my brother was too weak to fly on his own.

"You're never ready for something like this to happen, even though you expect it. When it hits you, you're not prepared."

Celine will perform Queen's The Show Must Go On at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, where she will collect the Icon Award.