DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Celine Dion and Rene Angelil attend the 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf
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Céline Dion has opened up to People about the January loss of her husband, René Angélil, in a new cover story released on Tuesday (May 17). Angélil died at the age of 73 following a prolonged battle with throat cancer.

"René always insisted the show must go on," says Dion. "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."

Dion and Angélil shared three children together, after the singer met him at the age of 12 and later spent 21 years as his wife. Angélil was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999.

“It's been a long, long journey," Dion says. "We were living in hope, knowing that there's no hope."

On Sunday night (May 22), Dion will perform a cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. In November, she performed a tribute to Paris at the American Music Awards.