Celine Dion is ‘not ready to date’ after losing husband Rene Angelil in 2016

Celine Dion says she misses being ‘hugged’ after losing her husband, Rene Angelil, to throat cancer in 2016.

The singer, 51, revealed that she is not ready to date again, three years after being widowed, during an appearance on the Today show.

She explained: ‘I don’t date. I’m not ready to date. I’m very lucky and happy to have so many people surrounding me who make me laugh, but I miss to be touched.

‘I miss to be hugged. I missed to be told, you are beautiful. I miss what a boyfriend and I miss what a husband would do.’

She added that she thinks about Rene all the time, and what he would think about things she says and does.

Celine explained: ‘Before I talk, he goes through my mind. Would he do that? Is it too edgy? Would he be approving that? I believed in him so much and I still do.’

She met Rene when she was just 12 and he was 38, after her brother sent the music producer and manager a demo of Celine singing. They began dating when she was 19 and he was 45.

They married in 1994 and had three sons together, and Rene was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999 but made a full recovery after treatment.

The cancer returned and Rene had surgery in December 2013, before being given just ‘months’ to live in September 2015.

Celine had postponed all of her work commitments from August 2014 until the following year, including her Las Vegas residency, in order to be with Rene.

The couple had been married for 21 years at the time of his death, and Celine has often spoken about her continuing love for her late husband.

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