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It's been more than a year since the death
of Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil, and while she's ready to open up about her loss, that doesn't mean she's ready to move on when it comes to dating.
"That is definitely too soon for me. I am definitely in love with him, married to him, he's the love of my life," she tells Dan Wootton in a new interview that aired in the U.K. Thursday. "It's very difficult for me to see myself with another person. When I sing, it's with him, when I hug my kids it's for him, and it's with him."
Celine and Rene were married 22 years, with the Grammy-winning songstress admitting he's the only man she's ever kissed. They have three kids together, 16-year-old Rene Charles and six-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. Celine says these days she's comforted by her twins sleeping in her bed with her, and that Rene is still always on their mind.
"We kiss him every night, we have a little ritual where we say good night to him with a little picture and all that. And then the kids talk to him. And they write words and they put them in balloons and we send the balloons to the sky."
Focused on being strong and moving on as he would have wanted, Celine returned to her Las Vegas residency following Rene's death last year, released a single
at the end of the summer, and also contributed to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack
As for her next full-length album, Celine says it's taking some time -- but will be worth it.
"I'm working with new collaboration... and that's why it's taking a little bit of time. Okay I'm going to tell you one thing: Sia wrote me three songs," she reveals.
"What a fighter. What a writer. What a vocalist. And her creativity is freaking me out."
As if that's not enough pop power all at once, Celine admits Adele is also among her dream collaborators, calling out to the "Rolling In The Deep" singer during the interview by putting her own spin on one of her hits.
"Hello. It's me. I was wondering if you could sing a song with. Anywhere, anytime."
Hey, it worked for Elmo
, so fingers crossed Adele hears your call, Celine!