By Ayodele Olubuse (


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Music legend and mother of three, Celine Dion expresses the missing gap in her life. Four months after losing “the love of her life” René Angélil to throat cancer at age 73, Celine decides to move on with her career.

The singer expresses how she is dealing with unimaginable heartbreak to PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, “I really, really want to prove to my kids their mother is strong.”

For Dion, work has become her safe haven. She’ll be taking the stage at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards to receive the Icon award and performing a cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” a song title that had a strong significance in the couple’s romance and work relationship.

She recounts how her husband supported her in her career and how she also sacrificed some time to take care of him when he was sick “It’s been a long, long journey,” Dion said about caring for her late husband. “We were living in hope, knowing that there’s no hope.”

“René always insisted the show must go on,”. “You know what, 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 when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace.”

The couple first met in Montreal when Dion was just 12. They would go on to spend 21 years of marriage together and have three children, René-Charles, 15, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.

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