19/09/2019 11:22 BST

Céline Dion Just Wants To Be Hugged: 'I Miss What A Husband Would Do'

The singer talked to the Today show about life after the death of her husband René Angélil in 2016 and how he's given her courage.

Céline Dion’s heart isn’t quite ready to go on.

The Canadian singer spoke to the Today show in an interview that aired on Wednesday, talking candidly about life after her husband, René Angélil, died following a battle with throat cancer in 2016.

“I don’t date. I’m not ready to date. I’m very lucky and happy to have so many people in my surrounding to make me... They make me laugh, but I miss to be touched,” she told the show.

“I miss to be hugged. I miss to be told, ‘You’re beautiful.’ I miss what a boyfriend and I miss what a husband would do,” she said. 

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Earlier in the segment, Céline shared that her late husband left a message before he died that she still revisits.

“He called me before a show and give me a little message: ‘I love you,’” said the 51-year-old. “And when I came home that night, it was very, very late and I didn’t want to come and wake him up to give him a kiss, to wake him up and then he can’t find sleep again. And the next morning, he was gone. So, we talked before. And he sent me a text message. So we said goodbye.”

Céline says that despite everything, “It’s life.” She knows that the courage she now has, R “has given it to me all my life”.

The singer and René had three children together — René-Charles and twins Nelson and Eddy — and were together for more than 20 years. On the anniversary of her husband’s death this year, Céline shared an emotional post on Instagram in his memory.

“My dearest René....always with me.....always will be,” she wrote alongside a photo.

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