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Céline Dion prepares for first Christmas without Rene: “He will be there with us”

After tragically losing her beloved husband earlier this year, the singer says the holidays will be “bittersweet”
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Following the devastating loss of her husband earlier this year, Céline Dion is preparing to face her first Christmas alone without her beloved René Angélil.

In an intimate interview with Page Six the iconic singer revealed the holiday season will be “bittersweet.”

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Celine Dion, Rene Angelil

“I cannot just live on like, ‘I lost my husband, my children have no father,’” she told us. “I have to stand tall and strong because this is my way of living: Stand tall, be positive, pick your battles, do the best you can and to live for today, not for tomorrow, for today, and know nothing is perfect, not everything you want will happen.”

Cline’s husband tragically passed away in January this year, after a long battle with cancer. The pair had been married for 21 years.

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“Before he left, it was very, very difficult for all of us – for me, especially, and my children – to see the man of my life die a little bit more every day. 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,’” she said in an earlier interview this year.

When asked by the interviewer if she is wanting to find love again, she said no.

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“I love. I love. I love him. 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. I go to bed with him and I come onstage with him, and…so, I’m still married to him.”

The mother-of-three believes Renee will watching over their children this Christmas, as they spend the holidays skiing in Montana – a family tradition.

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“He put some something magic into that snow, into those mountains, and every time we go down, I go down with him,” she said of Big Sky. “My children go down thinking about him. Every time I take the lift to go up, I feel closer to him.”

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